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HAMLET
He poisons him i' th' garden for ’s estate. His name’s Gonzago. The story is extant, and writ in choice Italian. You shall see anon how the murderer gets the love of Gonzago’s wife.
HAMLET
You see, he poisons the king in his own garden to get the kingdom for himself. The king’s name is Gonzago. The original story was written in the finest Italian. You’ll see shortly how the murderer wins the love of Gonzago’s wife.
CLAUDIUS stands up
CLAUDIUS stands up.

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OPHELIA
The king rises.
OPHELIA
The king is getting up.

HAMLET
What, frighted with false fire?
HAMLET
What—is he scared of a gun that only fired a blank?

GERTRUDE
How fares my lord?
GERTRUDE
My lord, how are you feeling?

POLONIUS
Give o'er the play.
POLONIUS
Stop the play.

CLAUDIUS
Give me some light, away!
CLAUDIUS
Turn on the lights. Get me out of here!

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POLONIUS
Lights, lights, lights!
POLONIUS
Lights, lights, get us some lights!
  Commotion. Exeunt all but HAMLET and HORATIO
Everyone except HAMLET and HORATIO exits.





HAMLET
  Why, let the stricken deer go weep,
  The hart ungallèd play.
  For some must watch while some must sleep.
  So runs the world away.
Would not this, sir, and a forest of feathers—if the rest of my fortunes turn Turk with me—with two Provincial roses on my razed shoes, get me a fellowship in a cry of players?
HAMLET
Let the deer that’s been shot go off and weep,
While the unharmed deer happily plays.
For some must watch while other must sleep,
That’s how the world goes.
Couldn’t I get work as an actor (if I hit a run of bad luck) in some acting company, and wear flowers on my shoes?

HORATIO
Half a share.
HORATIO
They might even give you half a share of the company.





HAMLET
A whole one, I.
  For thou dost know, O Damon dear,
  This realm dismantled was
  Of Jove himself. And now reigns here
  A very, very—pajock.
HAMLET
No, a whole share for me.
For you know, my dearest Damon,
That Jove, king of the gods, was
Thrown out of power here, and
Who’s in charge? A big—peacock.

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