Hamlet By William Shakespeare Act V: Scene 2

HAMLET.
One.

LAERTES.
No.

HAMLET.
Judgment!

OSRIC.
A hit, a very palpable hit.

LAERTES.
Well; — again.

KING.
Stay, give me drink. — Hamlet, this pearl is thine;
Here's to thy health. —

[Trumpets sound, and cannon shot off within.]

Give him the cup.

HAMLET.
I'll play this bout first; set it by awhile. —
Come. — Another hit; what say you?

[They play.]

LAERTES.
A touch, a touch, I do confess.

KING.
Our son shall win.

QUEEN.
He's fat, and scant of breath. —
Here, Hamlet, take my napkin, rub thy brows:
The queen carouses to thy fortune, Hamlet.

HAMLET.
Good madam!

KING.
Gertrude, do not drink.

QUEEN.
I will, my lord; I pray you pardon me.

KING.
[Aside.] It is the poison'd cup; it is too late.

HAMLET.
I dare not drink yet, madam; by-and-by.

QUEEN.
Come, let me wipe thy face.

LAERTES.
My lord, I'll hit him now.

KING.
I do not think't.

LAERTES.
[Aside.] And yet 'tis almost 'gainst my conscience.

HAMLET.
Come, for the third, Laertes: you but dally;
I pray you pass with your best violence:
I am afeard you make a wanton of me.

LAERTES.
Say you so? come on.

[They play.]

OSRIC.
Nothing, neither way.

LAERTES.
Have at you now!

[Laertes wounds Hamlet; then, in scuffling, they
change rapiers, and Hamlet wounds Laertes.]

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