Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 2

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CLAUDIUS

Have you your father’s leave? What says Polonius?

CLAUDIUS

Do you have your father’s permission? What does Polonius say?

POLONIUS

He hath, my lord, wrung from me my slow leave
By laborsome petition, and at last
60Upon his will I sealed my hard consent.
I do beseech you, give him leave to go.

POLONIUS

My son has worn me down by asking me so many times. In the end I grudgingly consented. I beg you, let him go.

CLAUDIUS

Take thy fair hour, Laertes. Time be thine,
And thy best graces spend it at thy will.—
But now, my cousin Hamlet, and my son—

CLAUDIUS

In that case, leave when you like, Laertes, and spend your time however you wish. I hereby grant your request, and hope you have a good time. And now, Hamlet, my nephew and my son—

HAMLET

65 (aside) A little more than kin and less than kind.

HAMLET

(speaking so no one else can hear) Too many family ties there for me.

CLAUDIUS

How is it that the clouds still hang on you?

CLAUDIUS

Why are you still so gloomy, with a cloud hanging over you?

HAMLET

Not so, my lord. I am too much i' the sun.

HAMLET

It’s not true, sir. Your son is out in the sun.

GERTRUDE

Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted color off,
And let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark.
70Do not forever with thy vailèd lids
Seek for thy noble father in the dust.
Thou know’st ’tis common. All that lives must die,
Passing through nature to eternity.

GERTRUDE

My dear Hamlet, stop wearing these black clothes, and be friendly to the king. You can’t spend your whole life with your eyes to the ground remembering your noble father. It happens all the time, what lives must die eventually, passing to eternity.

HAMLET

Ay, madam, it is common.

HAMLET

Yes, mother, it happens all the time.

GERTRUDE

      If it be,
75Why seems it so particular with thee?

GERTRUDE

So why does it seem so particular to you?