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Author: William Shakespeare
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Hamlet (Quarto 2, 1604)


The Tragedie of Hamlet
excellent differences, of very soft society, and great showing : in-
deede to speake sellingly of him, hee is the card or kalender of gen-
try: for you shall find in him the continent of what part a Gentle-
.5man would see.
Ham. Sir, his definement suffers no perdition in you, though I
know to deuide him inuentorially, would dazzie th'arithmaticke of
memory, and yet but raw neither, in respect of his quick saile, but
in the veritie of extolment, I take him to be a soule of great article,
.10& his infusion of such dearth and rarenesse, as to make true dixion
of him, his semblable is his mirrour, & who els would trace him, his
vmbrage, nothing more.
Cour. Your Lordship speakes most infallibly of him.
Ham. The concernancy sir, why doe we wrap the gentleman in
.15our more rawer breath?
Cour. Sir.
Hora. Ist not possible to vnderstand in another tongue, you will
doo't sir really.
Ham. What imports the nomination of this gentleman.
.20Cour. Of Laertes.
Hora. His purse is empty already, all's golden words are spent.
Ham. Of him sir.
Cour. I know you are not ignorant.
Ham. I would you did sir, yet in faith if you did, it would not
.25much approoue me, well sir.
Cour. You are not ignorant of what excellence Laertes is.
3612.1Ham. I dare not confesse that, least I should compare with
him in excellence, but to know a man wel, were to knowe himselfe.
Cour. I meane sir for this weapon, but in the imputation laide on
him, by them in his meed, hee's vnfellowed.
Ham. What's his weapon?
Cour. Rapier and Dagger.
3615Ham. That's two of his weapons, but well.
Cour. The King sir hath wagerd with him six Barbary horses,
againgst the which hee has impaund as I take it six French Rapiers
and Poynards, with their assignes, as girdle, hanger and so. Three
of the carriages in faith, are very deare to fancy, very reponsiue to
3620the hilts, most delicate carriages, and of very liberall conceit.
Ham. What call you the carriages?
3622.1Hora. I knew you must be edified by the margent ere you had
done