Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

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POLONIUS

The best actors in the world, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poem unlimited. Seneca cannot be too heavy, nor Plautus too light. For the law of writ and the liberty, these are the only men.

POLONIUS

HAMLET

375O Jephthah, judge of Israel, what a treasure hadst thou!

HAMLET

POLONIUS

What a treasure had he, my lord?

POLONIUS

What treasure did he have, my lord?

HAMLET

Why,
One fair daughter and no more,
The which he lovèd passing well.

HAMLET

Well, (sings)
One fine daughter, and no more,
Whom he loved more than anything—.

POLONIUS

(aside) Still on my daughter.

POLONIUS

(to himself) Still talking about my daughter, I see.

HAMLET

Am I not i' th' right, old Jephthah?

HAMLET

Aren’t I right, Jephthah, old man?

POLONIUS

If you call me Jephthah, my lord, I have a daughter that I love passing well.

POLONIUS

If you’re calling me Jephthah, my lord, I do have a daughter I love more than anything, yes.

HAMLET

Nay, that follows not.

HAMLET

POLONIUS

What follows, then, my lord?

POLONIUS

What is logical, then, my lord?

HAMLET

Why,

HAMLET

Why,