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  • Title: Der bestrafte Brudermord (Fratricide Punished)
  • Author: Anonymous
  • Editor: David Bevington
  • General textual editors: James D. Mardock, Eric Rasmussen
  • Associate textual editor: Donald Bailey
  • Coordinating editor: Michael Best
  • Associate coordinating editor: Janelle Jenstad

  • Copyright David Bevington. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: Anonymous
    Editor: David Bevington
    Not Peer Reviewed

    Der bestrafte Brudermord (Fratricide Punished)

    Hamlet.
    Hamlet
    Mother, did you know your first husband well?
    Queen
    Oh, do not remind me of my former sadness. I cannot restrain my tears when I think of him.
    315Hamlet
    You weep? Leave off doing that; they are only crocodile tears. But look, there in that gallery hangs the counterfeit resemblance of your first husband, and there hangs the counterfeit of your present one. What think you now? Which of them is the finer looking? Is not the first the nobler Lord?
    Queen
    Indeed that is so.
    Hamlet
    How then could you forget him so soon? Fie! Shame on you! You celebrated his funeral and your wedding almost on the same day! But hush! are all the doors shut fast?
    Queen
    Why do you ask that?
    [Corambus coughs behind the arras.]
    320Hamlet
    Ha! ha! Who is that, listening to us?
    [Hamlet stabs him.]
    Corambus
    Oh, Prince, what are you doing? I am slain!
    Queen
    O Heavens! My son, what have you done? It is Corambus, the Lord Chamberlain!