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dotes on) only got the tune of the time, and outward habit of encounter, a kind of yesty collection, which carries them through and through the most fond and winnowed opinions; and do but blow them to their tryals, the bubbles are out.
Enter a Lord. Lord. My lord, his majesty commended him to you by young Ofrick, who brings back to him, that you attend bim in the hall; he sends to know if your pleasure hold to play with Laertes, or that
you will take longer time? Ham. I am constant to my purposes, they follow the King's pleasure; if his fitness speaks, mine is ready, now or whensoever, provided I be so able as now.
Lord. The King and Queen and all are comiog down,
Lord. The Queen desires you to use some gentle entertainment to Laertes, before you fall to play.
Ham. She well instructs me.
Ham. I do not think so; since he went into France, I have been in continual practice; I shall win at the odds. But thou wouldst not think how ill all's here about my heart --- but it is
Hor. Nay, good my lord.
Ham. It is but foolery; but it is such a kind of game-giving as would perhaps trouble a woman.
Hor. If your mind dislike any thing, obey it. I will forestal their repair hither, and say you are not fit.
Ham. Not a whit, we defy augury; there's special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not to come ; if it be not to come, it will be now: if it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all. Since no man has ought of what he leaves, what is't to leave betimes?
S CE N E V. Enter King, Queen, Laertes and lords, with other attendants with
foils, and gantlets. A table, and flagons of wine on it. King. Come, Hamlet, come, and take this hand from me.
Ham. Give me your pardon, Sir, I've done you wrong,
Laer. I am satisfied in nature,
offer'd love like love,
Ham. b mother.
Hamn. I embrace it freely,
Laer. Come one for me.
Ham. I'll be your foil, Laertes; in mine ignorance
Laer. You mock me, Sir.
King. Give them the foils, young Ofrick.
Ham. Well, my lord,
boch: But since he's better'd, we have therefore odds.
Laer. This is too heavy, let me see another.
[Prepares to play. Ofr. Ay, my good lord.
King. Set me the stoops of wine upon that table:
you the Judges bear a wary eye. Ham. Come on, Sir.
Laer. Come, my lord,
They play. Ham. OneLaer. No----Ham. Judgment. Ofr. A hit, a very palpable hit. Laer. Well ---- again
King. Stay, give me drink. Hamlet, this pearl is thine, Here's to thy health. Give him the cup.
[Trumpet found, Shot goes off
. Ham. I'll play this bout first, set it by a while. (They play. Come another bit ---- what say you ?
Laer. A touch, a touch, I do confess.
Queen. He's fat, and scant of breath.
Ham. Good madam
Ham. Come, for the third, Laertes, you but dally,
[Play. Ofr. Nothing neither way. Laer. Have at you now. [Laertes wounds Hamlet, then in scuffling they change rapiers, and Hamlet wounds Laertes.
King. Part them, they are incens’d.
Laer. Why, as a woodcock to my own sprindge, Ofrick,
Ham. How does the Queen?
Queen. No, no, the drink, the drink
[Queen dies. Ham. Oh villany! hoe! let the door be lock'd : Treachery! seek it out ---
Laer. It is here. Hamlet, thou art slain,
Ham. The point envenom’d too?
[Stabs the King. All. Treafon, treason. King. O yet defend 'me, friends, I am but hurt.
Ham. Here thou incestuous, murd'rous, damned Dane,
d be union.