Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

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POLONIUS

And let him ply his music.

POLONIUS

And I hope he’s studying his music like he’s supposed to.

REYNALDO

Well, my lord.

REYNALDO

Got it, sir.

POLONIUS

Farewell.

POLONIUS

Good-bye.
Exit REYNALDO
REYNALDO exits.
Enter OPHELIA
OPHELIA enters.
 How now, Ophelia? What’s the matter?
Ophelia, what’s the matter?

OPHELIA

75O my lord, my lord, I have been so affrighted!

OPHELIA

Oh, father, father, I’ve just had such a scare!

POLONIUS

With what, i' th' name of God?

POLONIUS

From what, in God’s name?

OPHELIA

My lord, as I was sewing in my closet,
Lord Hamlet, with his doublet all unbraced;
No hat upon his head; his stockings fouled,
80Ungartered, and down-gyvèd to his ankle;
Pale as his shirt; his knees knocking each other;
And with a look so piteous in purport
As if he had been loosèd out of hell
To speak of horrors—he comes before me.

OPHELIA

Father, I was up in my room sewing when Hamlet came in with no hat on his head, his shirt unbuttoned, and his stockings dirty, undone, and down around his ankles. He was pale as his undershirt, and his knees were knocking together. He looked so out of sorts, as if he’d just come back from hell. He came up to me.

POLONIUS

85Mad for thy love?

POLONIUS

Is he crazy with love for you?

OPHELIA

  My lord, I do not know.
But truly, I do fear it.

OPHELIA

I’m not sure, but I’m afraid he might be.

POLONIUS

  What said he?

POLONIUS

What did he say?

OPHELIA

He took me by the wrist and held me hard.
Then goes he to the length of all his arm,
And, with his other hand thus o'er his brow,
90He falls to such perusal of my face
As he would draw it. Long stayed he so.

OPHELIA

He grabbed me by the wrist and held me hard, then backed away an arm’s length and just looked at me, staring at me like an artist about to paint my picture. He stayed like that a long time.