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Hamlet, Act III, scene iv Questions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1955  Tuesday, 7 October 2003

From:           Michael B. Luskin <
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Date:           Monday, 6 Oct 2003 16:26:00 EDT
Subject:        Hamlet, Act III, scene iv Questions

Line 17, the Queen says, "Nay, then..."  What does this mean?  Is she
threatening Hamlet?

Line 88, is she saying that Hamlet has revealed the (to her, unknown)
truth to her, or that Hamlet has shown a light on what she already knows
in her soul?

Lines 182-188.  Is Hamlet saying that she is not to reveal that Hamlet
is mad ONLY in craft?

Lines 189-191.  Is Hamlet being ironic?

Lines 192-196.  Is Hamlet saying that, no matter what, it is better to
risk you neck than reveal the truth about what Hamlet knows.

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