Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 2

page Act 5 Scene 2 Page 13

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HAMLET and LAERTES play
HAMLET and LAERTES fence.

HAMLET

One.

HAMLET

That was one hit.

LAERTES

270No.

LAERTES

No, it wasn’t.

HAMLET

Judgment?

HAMLET

Referee!

OSRIC

A hit, a very palpable hit.

OSRIC

It was obviously a hit.

LAERTES

Well, again.

LAERTES

Well, let’s go on.

CLAUDIUS

Stay, give me drink.—Hamlet, this pearl is thine.
275Here’s to thy health.

CLAUDIUS

Give me a goblet.—Hamlet, this pearl’s yours. Here’s to your health.
Drums, trumpets sound, shot goes off
Drums and trumpets play, and a gun is fired.
CLAUDIUS drops pearl into cup
CLAUDIUS drops a pearl into a cup.
Give him the cup.
Give him the goblet.

HAMLET

I’ll play this bout first. Set it by a while.
Come.

HAMLET

Let me just finish this round. Set it down awhile. Let’s play.
HAMLET and LAERTES play
HAMLET and LAERTES fence.
  Another hit. What say you?
Another hit. What do you say?

LAERTES

A touch, a touch, I do confess ’t.

LAERTES

You got me, I admit it.

CLAUDIUS

280Our son shall win.

CLAUDIUS

My son will win.

GERTRUDE

He’s fat, and scant of breath.—
Here, Hamlet, take my napkin, rub thy brows.
The queen carouses to thy fortune, Hamlet.
(picks up the cup with the pearl)

GERTRUDE

He’s flabby and out of breath.—Here, Hamlet, take my handkerchief and wipe your forehead.
The queen drinks to your good luck and happiness, Hamlet. (she lifts the cup with the pearl)