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Another Room in the Palace.
Enter King and LAERTES. King. Now must your conscience my acquittance
Sith you have heard, and with a knowing ear,
Laer. And so have I a noble father lost;
think, That we are made of stuff so flat and dull, That we can let our beard be shook with danger, And think it pastime. You shortly shall hear more.How now what news?
King. From Hamlet! who brought them?
King. Laertes, you shall hear them.-
[Exit BERNARDO. [Reads.] High and mighty, you shall know, I am set naked on your kingdom. To-morrow shall I beg leave to see your kingly eyes : when I shall, first asking your
pardon thereunto, recount the occasion of my sudden, and more strange, return.
HAMLET. What should this mean? Are all the rest come back? Or is it some abuse, and no such thing?
Laer. Know you the hand?
King. 'Tis Hamlet's character.—Naked, —
advise me? Laer. I am lost in it, my lord. But let him come; It warms the
sickness in my heart, That I shall live, and tell him to his teeth, Thus diddest thou.
King. If it be so, Laertes, Will you
be ruld by me. Laer. Ay, my lord ; you
will not o'er-rule me to a peace. King. To thine own peace.
If he be now return'd, As checking at his voyage, and that he means No more to undertake it, I will work him To an exploit, now ripe in my device, Under the which he shall not choose but fall : And for his death no wind of blame shall breathe; But even his mother shall uncharge the practice, And call it, accident.
Laer. My lord, I will be rul’d;
King. It falls right.
Laer. What part is that, my lord ?
King. A very ribband in the cap of youth.
And gave you such a masterly report,
Laer. What out of this, my lord ?
King. Laertes, was your father dear to you?
Laer. Why ask you this ?
you undertake, To show yourself in deed. your
father's son More than in words?
Laer. To cut his throat i' the church.
King. No place, indeed, should murder sanctuarize.