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Laertes being considered the better fencer, Hamlet is allowed substantial odds.
V. IL 178. Answer. Acceptance. Hamlet plays on the other meaning, “reply.”
V. ii. 183-84. Breathing time of day. Time for exercise.
V. ii. 196. Lapwing. Used here as the type of absurd precocity and forwardness.
V. ii. 198. Comply. Compliment, use ceremony with. CI. II. ii. 360.
V. ii. 201-2. Tune . . . encounter. The fashionable way of speaking and the mere external tricks of conversation.
V. ii. 202-3. Yesty collection. Collection of frothy knowledge.
V. il. 203. Carries them through. Wins them the approval of.
V. il. 204. Fond. Foolish. Warburton reads "fanned"= “winnowed,” and is followed by many editors. Winnowed. Select, exquisite.
V. il. 211. That. cf. IV. vii. 63.
V. il. 218. In , happy time. A conventional phrase of politeness.
V. il. 219-20. Gentle entertainment. Gracious treatment.
V. Il. 231. Gain-giving. Misgiving. Hamlet is expressing merely a vague presentiment.
V. ii. 236. Augury. Omens.
V. ii. 240-42. The passage is corrupt. Q2 reads, “Since no man of ought he leaves, knowes what ist to leave betimes.” Fireads, “Since no man has't ought of what he leaves. What is't to leave betimes ?" The reading in the text is Johnson's, and means, “Since no man knows what the future may have held in store for him, what does it matter if he dies young ?"
V. ii. 242. Let be. Never mind.
V. ii. 251. Madness. Here Hamlet lies, but the main idea of the speech, that he did not intentionally kill Polonius, is, of course, true enough.
V. ii. 261-62. So far ... that. So far ... as to think that.
V. ii. 263. In nature. As far as natural feeling goes.
ion backed by precedent that I may make peace with you without hurting my honor.
V. ii. 276. Stick fiery off. “Stand in brilliant relief.” (Clar.)
V. ii. 280. The odds. The greater stake.
V. il. 282. Bettered. Improved. Odds. Advantage in points.
V. il. 288. Quit. Pay him off. Cf. V. il. 68.
V. il. 307. Fat. Probably here merely “out of training.” There is a theory that this was inserted with reference to the personal appearance of Burbage, who first acted the part.
V. ii. 308. Napkin. Handkerchief.
V. il. 310. Good madam! Said in acknowledgment of the health.
V. ii. 319. Wanton. Literally, “a spoiled child.”
V. ii. 326. A woodcock to mine own springe. This bird is used as a decoy, and is here referred to as being caught in the trap into which it is meant to betray others. Cf. I. ili. 115, note.
V. ii. 337. Unbated. Unblunted. Practice. Plot.
V. ii. 346. Union. Hamlet's use of the word is ironical, as he now knows that the pretended pearl was really poison.
V. il. 348. Tempered. Mixed. .V. ii. 356. There is an ellipsis here. “Had I but timebut I have not, since this fell sergeant,” etc. Cf. Abbott, $ 110.
V. ii. 367. Absent. cf. Introduction. Felicity. Heaven.
V. ii. 373. O'er-crows my spirit. Triumphs over my vital forces.
V. ii. 376. Voice. Vote. Cf. III. ii. 341, and line 412, below.
V. 11. 377. Occurrents. Events.
V. 11. 378. Solicited. Prompted. (The sentence is un. finished.)
V. ii. 384. Quarry. Properly used of the animal hunted; here, the heap of slain. Cries on. Exclaims. Havoc. Indiscriminate slaughter. This has been interpreted, “This heap of slain calls out for vengeance," but the sense seems rather to be, “These bodies proclaim loudly a terrible slaughter."
V. il. 385. Toward. In preparation.
V. ii. 395. Jump. Exactly. Cf. 1. f. 65. Question. Affair, controversy.
V. il. 403. Put on. Incited to, and so “caused.” Forced. Not properly justified or inevitable. The reference is to the killing of Hamlet by Laertes.
V. il. 409. Of memory. Which must be remembered.
V. il. 418. Proved most royally. Turned out as a king should. Passage. Bearing off the body.
The last speech here as in Shakspere's other tragedies is uttered by the man of highest rank surviving, in whose hands the conduct of affairs is left. The anti-climax with which the scene ends is due to the absence of a curtain on the Elizabethan stage. A modern dramatist would close the play with the curtain at line 378, but Shakspere was forced to arrange for the exit of the actors who took the parts of the characters whose bodies are left on the stage.
A, V. 1. 71; 167.
approve, I. i. 29; V. il. 140.
appurtenance, II. 11. 396.
apt, 1. v. 31.
aptly, III. iv. 164.
argal, V. i. 13.
argument, II. i1. 379; III. 11.
142; IV. iv. 64.
arithmetio of memory, V. 11.
arm you, III. ill. 24.
art, II. ii. 95; 96.
article, v. ii. 122.
article designed, 1. 1. 94.
artless, IV. v. 19.
as, IV. vii. 8; V. ii. 356.
as a stranger, I. v. 165.
as stars, I. i. 118.
as you said, III. iii. 30.
aspeot, II. ii. 598.
assault, II. i. 35.
assay, III. i. 14.
assay of arms, II. il. 71.
assays of bias, II. i. 64.
assistant, I. iii. 3.
at height, I. iv. 21.
at help, IV. iii. 47.
at home, III. i. 135.
at point, I. ii. 200.
attribute, I. iv. 22.
avouch, I. i. 57.
Bar ... liberty, III. il. 337-38.
bare, III. i. 76.
barred, I. ii. 14.
baseness, V. i. 34.
bated, V. ii. 23,
breathing, I. ill. 130.
batten, III. Iv. 68.
Calendar, v. ii. 113.
il. 32; 95.