Hamlet (Saddleback Classics) by Tom Gorman, William Shakespeare

By Tom Gorman, William Shakespeare

Hamlet (Saddleback Classics)

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HAMLET: I mean, my head upon your lap? OPHELIA: Well, yes, my lord. You are in a merry mood, my lord. HAMLET: Why shouldn’t I be? Look how cheerful my mother looks—and my father has been dead less than two hours. OPHELIA: No, it’s been four months, my lord. HAMLET: So long? Oh, heavens! Dead two months, and not forgotten yet? Then there’s hope that a great man’s memory may outlive his life by half a year! (Trumpets are heard offstage. A mime show enters. The actor king and queen very lovingly embrace.

How his record stands, only heaven knows. No. Up, sword, and be ready later, When he is drunk, in his rage, Or in the evil pleasure of his bed. Gambling, or swearing, or doing something That does not lead to heaven. Then get him, So his heels may kick at heaven and his soul May go to hell, where it belongs. (Hamlet exits. ) KING: My words fly up, But my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts never to heaven go. ) POLONIUS: He is on his way. Now, be firm. Tell him his pranks have been out of hand.

I have lately—but I don’t know why—lost all joy and stopped exercising. Indeed, I feel so bad that the earth seems to me a sterile place. This most excellent air—why, it seems no more to me than a foul collection of vapors. What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! How infinite in mind! In shape and motion, how admirable! In action, how like an angel! In understanding, how like a god! The beauty of the world! The highest of animals! And yet to me, what is this piece of dust? Man does not delight me, no.

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