Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 2

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HAMLET

100No, believe me, ’tis very cold. The wind is northerly.

HAMLET

No, I’m telling you, it’s very cold, with a northerly wind.

OSRIC

It is indifferent cold, my lord, indeed.

OSRIC

It is rather cold, indeed, my lord.

HAMLET

But yet methinks it is very sultry and hot for my complexion.

HAMLET

And yet I feel it’s very hot and humid, which is bad for my complexion.

OSRIC

Exceedingly, my lord. It is very sultry—as ’twere—I cannot tell how. My lord, his majesty bade me signify to you that he has laid a great wager on your head. Sir, this is the matter—

OSRIC

Yes indeed it is, sir. Very humid, I can’t tell you how humid it is. My lord, His Majesty wanted me to tell you that he’s placed a large bet on you. This is what it’s all about—

HAMLET

I beseech you, remember—(indicates that OSRIC should put on his hat)

HAMLET

Please, I beg you—(he points to OSRIC ’s hat)

OSRIC

Nay, good my lord, for mine ease, in good faith. Sir, here is newly come to court Laertes, believe me, an absolute gentleman, full of most excellent differences, of very soft society and great showing. Indeed, to speak feelingly of him, he is the card or calendar of gentry, for you shall find in him the continent of what part a gentleman would see.

OSRIC

No, my lord, I’m comfortable like this, thank you. Sir, there’s someone named Laertes who’s recently come to the court. He’s an absolute gentleman, totally outstanding in so many respects, very easy in society, and displaying all his excellent qualities.

If I were to expose my true feelings about him

Osric’s language is vague and blustery, and Hamlet’s is too when he mimics Osric. Together they sometimes make almost no sense.

If I were to expose my true feelings about him
, I’d have to say he’s like a business card for the upper classes—he’s that wonderful. You’ll find that he’s the sum total of what a perfect gentleman should be.

HAMLET

Sir, his definement suffers no perdition in you, though I know to divide him inventorially would dizzy th' arithmetic of memory, and yet but yaw neither, in respect of his quick sail.

HAMLET

Sir, your description of him doesn’t detract from his good qualities, though I know that trying to list them all would make your head spin, and even so you wouldn’t be able to keep up with him.