Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 4

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GERTRUDE

Nay, then I’ll set those to you that can speak.

GERTRUDE

In that case I’ll call in others who can still speak.

HAMLET

Come, come, and sit you down. You shall not budge.
You go not till I set you up a glass
20Where you may see the inmost part of you.

HAMLET

No, sit down. You won’t budge until I hold a mirror up to you, where you will see what’s deep inside you.

GERTRUDE

What wilt thou do? Thou wilt not murder me?
Help, help, ho!

GERTRUDE

What are you going to do? You won’t kill me, will you? Help!

POLONIUS

(from behind the arras) What, ho? Help, help, help!

POLONIUS

(from behind the tapestry) Hey! Help, help, help!

HAMLET

How now, a rat? Dead for a ducat, dead!

HAMLET

What’s this, a rat? I’ll bet a buck he’s a dead rat now.
(stabs his sword through the arras and kills POLONIUS)
(he stabs his sword through the tapestry and kills POLONIUS)

POLONIUS

25 (from behind the arras) Oh, I am slain.

POLONIUS

(from behind the tapestry) Oh, I’ve been killed!

GERTRUDE

O me, what hast thou done?

GERTRUDE

Oh my God, what have you done?

HAMLET

Nay, I know not. Is it the king?

HAMLET

I don’t know. Is it the king?

GERTRUDE

Oh, what a rash and bloody deed is this!

GERTRUDE

Oh, what a senseless, horrible act!

HAMLET

A bloody deed? Almost as bad, good mother,
30As kill a king and marry with his brother.

HAMLET

A horrible act—almost as bad, my good mother, as killing a king and marrying his brother.

GERTRUDE

As kill a king?

GERTRUDE

Killing a king?

HAMLET

  Ay, lady, ’twas my word.

HAMLET

That’s what I said, my good woman.
(draws back the arras and discovers POLONIUS)
(he pulls back the tapestry and discovers POLONIUS)