Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

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HAMLET

It was a brute part of him to kill so capital a calf there.—Be the players ready?

HAMLET

That was brutish of them, to kill so capital a guy. —Are the actors ready?

ROSENCRANTZ

Ay, my lord. They stay upon your patience.

ROSENCRANTZ

Yes, my lord. They’re ready whenever you are.

GERTRUDE

Come hither, my dear Hamlet, sit by me.

GERTRUDE

Come here, my dear Hamlet. Sit by me.

HAMLET

100No, good mother. Here’s metal more attractive. (sits next to OPHELIA )

HAMLET

No thanks, my good mother. There’s a nicer piece of work right here. (he sits down near OPHELIA )

POLONIUS

(to CLAUDIUS) Oh, ho, do you mark that?

POLONIUS

(to CLAUDIUS) Hey, did you notice that?

HAMLET

Lady, shall I lie in your lap?

HAMLET

My lady, should I lie in your lap?

OPHELIA

No, my lord.

OPHELIA

No, my lord.

HAMLET

I mean, my head upon your lap?

HAMLET

I mean, with my head in your lap?

OPHELIA

105Ay, my lord.

OPHELIA

Yes, my lord.

HAMLET

Do you think I meant country matters?

HAMLET

Did you think I was talking about sex?

OPHELIA

I think nothing, my lord.

OPHELIA

HAMLET

That’s a fair thought to lie between maids' legs.

HAMLET

That’s a nice thought to lie between a girl’s legs.

OPHELIA

What is, my lord?

OPHELIA

What is, my lord?

HAMLET

110Nothing.

HAMLET

Nothing.

OPHELIA

You are merry, my lord.

OPHELIA

You’re in a good mood tonight, my lord.

HAMLET

Who, I?

HAMLET

Who, me?

OPHELIA

Ay, my lord.

OPHELIA

Yes, my lord.