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Ham. Of him, sir.
Osr. You are not ignorant of what excellence Laertes is
Ham. I dare not confess that, lest I should compare with him in excellence; but, to know a man well, were to know himself.
Osr. I mean, sir, for his weapon.
Osr. The king, sir, hath wager'd with him six Barbary horses: against the which he has impawn'd, as I take it, six French rapiers and poniards, with their assigns, as girdle, hangers, and so: Three of the carriages, in faith, are very dear to fancy, very responsive to the hilts, most delicate carriages, and of very liberal conceit.
Ham. What call you the carriages ?
Ham. The phrase would be more german to the matter, if we could carry a cannon by our sides.
Osr. The king, sir, hath lay'd, that in a dozen passes between yourself and him, he shall not exceed you three hits; and it would come to immediate trial, if your lordship would vouchsafe the answer.
Ham. How, if I answer, no?
Osr. I mean, my lord, the opposition of your person in trial.
Ham. Sir, it is the breathing time of day with me: let the foils be brought; the gentleman willing, and the king hold his purpose, I will win for him, if I can; if not, I will gain nothing but my shame, and the odd hits.
Osr. Shall I deliver you so?
Ham. To this effect, sir; after what flourish your nature will.
Osr. I commend my duty to your lordship.
[Exit OSRIEK. Hor. You will lose this wager, my lord.
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 would'st not think how ill all's here about
heart: but it is no matter. Hor. Nay, good my lord
Ham. It is but foolery; but it is such a kind of gaingiving, as would, perhaps, trouble a woman.
Hor. If your mind dislike any thing, obey it: I will forestall their repair hither, and say, you are not fit.
Ham. Not a whit, we defy augury; there is a special Providence in the fall of a sparrow.
The Court of Denmark.
Flourish of Trumpets and Drums.
King and QUEEN, seated,-LAERTES, OSRICK, MARCELLUS, BERNARDO, FRANCISCO,
GENTLEMEN, and Ladies, discovered.
Enter HAMLET and Horatio.
King. Come, Hamlet, come, and take this hand
Ham. Give me your pardon, sir: I have done you
wrong: But, pardon it, as you are a gentleman. Let my disclaiming from a purpos'd evil,
Free me so far in your most generous thoughts,
Laer. Come, one for me.
Your skill shall, like a star i’the darkest night,
Laer. You mock me, sir.
[OSRICK gives the Foils to HAMLET and
Ham. Very well, my lord:
hath laid the odds o' the weaker side. King. I do not fear it; I have seen you both :But since he's better'd; we have therefore odds.
Laer. This is too heavy, let me see another.
a length ? Osr. Ay, my good lord. King. Set me the stoups of wine upon that ta
And in the cup a union shall he throw,
[Drums and Trumpets sound, Cannons shot off
within. Come begin; And
you, the judges, bear a wary eye. Ham. Come
sir. . , Ham. One. Laer. No. Ham. Judgment. Osr. A hit, a very palpable hit.
Drums and Trumpets, -Cannon. Laer. Well,-again,King. Stay; give me the drink :-Hamlet, this
pearl is thine; [Puts Poison into the Cup. Here's to thy health.
[He pretends to drink. Give him the cup. [Gives the Cup to FRANCISCO.
Ham. I'll play this bout first ; set it by a while. Come.— [They play.] Another hit: What say you?
Laer. A touch, a touch, I do confess.
[Talks to MARCELLUS. Queen. The queen carouses to thy fortune, Ham
let. Ham. Good madam, [The Queen drinks.
[Drums and Trumpets, Cannon. King. Gertrude, do not drink. Queen. I have, my lord, I pray you, pardon me. King. It is the poison'd cup; it is too late. [Aside.
Laer. I'll hit him now:
Aside. Ham. Come, for the third, Laertes :-You do but
dally; I pray you, pass with your best violence; I am afeard, you make a wanton of me. Laer. Say you so ? come on. [They play.-LAERTES wounds HAMLET: then,
in scuffling, they change Foils. King. Part them, they are incens'd. Ham. Nay, come again.
[HAMLET wounds LAERTES, who falls. Queen. 0, 0, 0!
Ham. How does the queen?
[She dies. Ham..O villainy !-Ho! let the door be lock'd : Treachery! seek it out.
Laer. It is here, Hamlet : Hamlet, thou art slain;
Ham. The point