Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

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LAERTES
180Alas, then she is drowned.
LAERTES
So she is drowned.
GERTRUDE
Drowned, drowned.
GERTRUDE
Drowned, drowned.
LAERTES
Too much of water hast thou, poor Ophelia,
And therefore I forbid my tears. But yet
It is our trick. Nature her custom holds,
185Let shame say what it will. When these are gone,
The woman will be out.—Adieu, my lord.
I have a speech of fire that fain would blaze,
But that this folly doubts it.
LAERTES
You’ve had too much water already, poor Ophelia, so I won’t shed watery tears for you. But crying is what humans do. We do what’s in our nature, even if we’re ashamed of it. After I stop crying I’ll be through acting like a woman. Good-bye, my lord. I have some fiery words I could speak now, but my foolish tears are drowning them out.
Exit LAERTES
LAERTES exits.
CLAUDIUS
    Let’s follow, Gertrude.
How much I had to do to calm his rage!
190Now fear I this will give it start again.
Therefore let’s follow.
CLAUDIUS
Let’s follow him, Gertrude. I worked so hard to calm him down, and now I’m worried he’s getting all excited again. Let’s follow him.
Exeunt
They exit.