Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 2

page Act 5 Scene 2 Page 14

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HAMLET

285Good madam.

HAMLET

Thank you, madam.

CLAUDIUS

  Gertrude, do not drink.

CLAUDIUS

Gertrude, don’t drink that.

GERTRUDE

I will, my lord. I pray you, pardon me. (drinks)

GERTRUDE

Excuse me. I’ll drink it if I like. (she drinks)

CLAUDIUS

(aside) It is the poisoned cup. It is too late.

CLAUDIUS

(to himself) That was the poisoned drink. It’s too late.

HAMLET

I dare not drink yet, madam. By and by.

HAMLET

I’d better not drink now. I’ll drink later.

GERTRUDE

Come, let me wipe thy face.

GERTRUDE

Come on, let me wipe your face.

LAERTES

290 (aside to CLAUDIUS) My lord, I’ll hit him now.

LAERTES

(to CLAUDIUS) I’ll get him now.

CLAUDIUS

I do not think ’t.

CLAUDIUS

I doubt it.

LAERTES

(aside) And yet it is almost 'gainst my conscience.

LAERTES

(to himself) But I almost feel guilty.

HAMLET

Come, for the third, Laertes. You do but dally.
I pray you, pass with your best violence.
295I am afeard you make a wanton of me.

HAMLET

Get ready for the third hit, Laertes. You’re just playing around. Come on, give me your best shot. I sense you’re treating me like a child.

LAERTES

Say you so? Come on.

LAERTES

You think so? Come on.
HAMLET and LAERTES play
HAMLET and LAERTES fence.

OSRIC

    Nothing, neither way.

OSRIC

They’re neck and neck.

LAERTES

Have at you now!

LAERTES

Take this!
LAERTES wounds HAMLET In scuffling, they change rapiers. HAMLET wounds LAERTES
LAERTES wounds HAMLET. Then in a scuffle they end up with each other’s swords, and HAMLET wounds LAERTES.

CLAUDIUS

Part them! They are incensed.

CLAUDIUS

Separate them. They’re overdoing it.