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Go to your rest; at night we'll feast together:
[Exeunt VOLTIMAND and CORNELIUS.
This business is well ended. My liege, and madam, to expostulate What majesty should be, what duty is, Why day is day, night, night, and time is time, Were nothing but to waste night, day, and time. Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit, And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,I will be brief: Your noble son is mad: Mad call I it: for to define true madness, What is't, but to be nothing else but mad: But let that go.
QUEEN. More matter, with less art.
Pol. Madam, I swear, I use no art at all.
In her excellent white bosom, these, (16) &c.'
• expostulate] To expostulate is to discuss, to put the pros and cons, to answer demands upon the question. Expose is an old term of similar import.
Pol. Good madam, stay awhile; I will be faith.
Doubt thou, the stars are fire;
Doubt, that the sun doth move :
But never doubt, I love.
O dear Ophelia, I am ill at these numbers ;* I have not art to reckon my groans: but that I love thee best, О most best, (17) believe it. Adieu.
Thine evermore, most dear lady, whilst
this machine is to him, Hamlet.
This, in obedience, hath my daughter shown me:
• solliciting. As they fell out by time, by means, and place,
1623, 33. Al given to mine ear. KING.
But how hath she
What do you think of me?
I am ill at these numbers] No talent for. • Whilst this machine is to him] Belongs to, obeys bis impulse ; so long as he is "a sensible warm motion,” M. for M.
* sphere, Lord Hamlet is a prince out of thy *star,
That she should lock herself from his resort,
Do you think, 'tis this ?
Not that I know.
Pointing to his Head and Shoulder.
How may we try it further ?
together, Here in the lobby. QUEEN.
So he does, indeed. · Pol. At such a time I'll loose my daughter to
a out of thy star] Is, as a constellation of a higher class or order. This is also the reading of the 4to. 1611. :
b Which done, she took the fruits of my advice ;] She took the fruits of advice when she obeyed advice, the advice was then made fruitful. Johnson.,
watch] Sleepless state.
Be you and I behind an arrasa then ;
We will try it.
. But, tos.
Enter Hamlet, reading.
Queen. But, look, where sadly the poor wretch
comes reading. Pol. Away, I do beseech you, both away; I'll boord* him presently:b_O, give me leave.- . bord. 4tos
[Exeunt King, Queen, and Attendants. How does my good lord Hamlet ?
HAM. Well, god-'a-mercy.
HAM. Excellent, excellent well; you are a fishmonger. .
Pol. Not I, my lord.
HAM. Ay, sir: to be honest, as this world goes,
Pol. That's very true, my lord.
HAM. For if the sun breed maggots in a dead dog, being a good kissing carrion, - Have you a daughter?
Pol. I have, my lord. · Ham. Let her not walk i’the sun: conception is
• behind an arras] Hangings of the room. See I. H. IV. Pr. Hen. II. 4.
• I'll boord him presently] Accost, address. See Tw. N. I. 3. Sir Tob.
a blessing; but as your daughter may conceive,friend, look to't. (22)
POL. How say you by that? [ Aside.] Still harping on my daughter :-yet he knew me not at first; he said, I was a fishmonger: He is far gone, far gone: and, truly in my youth I suffered much extremity for love; very near this. I'll speak to him again. What do you read, my lord ?
HAM. Words, words, words.
HAM. Between who? • read 4tos. Pol. I mean, the matter that you mean,* my
lord. rogue 4tos. HAM. Slanders, sir: for the satirical slave * says
here that old men have grey beards; that their faces are wrinkled; their eyes purging thick amber, and plum-tree gum; and that they have a plentiful lack of wit, together with most weak hams: All of which, sir, though I most powerfully and potently believe, yet I hold it not honesty to have it thus set down: for yourself, sir, shall be as old as I am, if like a crab, you could go backward.
POL. Though this be madness, yet there's method in it. [Ăside.] Will you walk out of the air, my lord ?
HAM. Into my grave?
Pol. Indeed, that is out o'the air.---How preg. nant sometimes his replies a are! a happiness that often madness hits on, which reason and sanity could not so prosperously be delivered of. I will leave him, and suddenly contrive the means of meeting between him and my daughter.-My honourable lord, I will most humbly take my leave of you.
• how pregnant his replics] Big with meaning. We have “ dull and unpregnant" at the end of this scene. Haml. “Quick and pregnant capacities.” Puttenham's Arte of Poesie. p. 154.