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"Hamlet," Vocabulary from Act 2

April 4, 2013
Possibly the greatest play ever written, William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" encompasses it all: family, revenge, the relationship between thought and action, and the essence of what it is to be a human being (etext found here).

Learn these word lists for the dramatic tragedy: Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, Act 4, Act 5
assay
And thus do we of wisdom and of reach,
With windlasses and with assays of bias,
By indirections find directions out.
purport
And with a look so piteous in purport
As if he had been loosed out of hell
To speak of horrors
fetter
No, my good lord, but, as you did command,
I did repel his fetters and denied
His access to me.
entreat
I entreat you both,
That, being of so young days brought up with him,
And sith so neighbour'd to his youth and havior,
That you vouchsafe your rest here in our court
Some little time: so by your companies
To draw him on to pleasures, and to gather,
So much as from occasion you may glean,
Whether aught, to us unknown, afflicts him thus,
That, open'd, lies within our remedy.
vouchsafe
I entreat you both,
That, being of so young days brought up with him,
And sith so neighbour'd to his youth and havior,
That you vouchsafe your rest here in our court
Some little time: so by your companies
To draw him on to pleasures, and to gather,
So much as from occasion you may glean,
Whether aught, to us unknown, afflicts him thus,
That, open'd, lies within our remedy.
gentry
If it will please you
To show us so much gentry and good will
As to expend your time with us awhile,
For the supply and profit of our hope,
Your visitation shall receive such thanks
As fits a king's remembrance.
beseech
Thanks, Guildenstern and gentle Rosencrantz:
And I beseech you instantly to visit
My too much changed son.
liege
I assure my good liege,
I hold my duty, as I hold my soul.
rebuke
He sends out arrests
On Fortinbras; which he, in brief, obeys;
Receives rebuke from Norway, and in fine
Makes vow before his uncle never more
To give the assay of arms against your majesty.
expostulate
My liege, and madam, to expostulate
What majesty should be, what duty is,
Why day is day, night night, and time is time,
Were nothing but to waste night, day and time.
brevity
Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
I will be brief.
carrion
For if the sun breed maggots in a dead dog, being a
god kissing carrion,
contrive
I will leave him, and suddenly contrive the means of
meeting between him and my daughter.
tedious
These tedious old fools!
strumpet
O, most true; she is a strumpet.
mirth
I have of late--but wherefore I know not--lost all my mirth,
forgone all custom of exercises.
promontory
I have of late--but wherefore I know not--lost all my mirth,
forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed it goes so heavily
with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth,
seems to me a sterile promontory.
firmament
this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave
o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted
with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to
me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours.
paragon
What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason!
how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how
express and admirable! in action how like an angel!
in apprehension how like a god!
the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals!
gratis
He that plays the king shall be welcome; his majesty
shall have tribute of me; the adventurous knight
shall use his foil and target; the lover shall not
sigh gratis;
sere
the adventurous knight
shall use his foil and target; the lover shall not
sigh gratis; the humourous man shall end his part
in peace; the clown shall make those laugh whose
lungs are tickled o' the sere;
rapier
these are now the
fashion, and so berattle the common stages--so they
call them--that many wearing rapiers are afraid of
goose-quills and dare scarce come thither.
ducat
It is not very strange; for mine uncle is king of
Denmark, and those that would make mows at him while
my father lived, give twenty, forty, fifty, an
hundred ducats a-piece for his picture in little.
appurtenance
the appurtenance of welcome is fashion
and ceremony: let me comply with you in this garb,
lest my extent to the players, which, I tell you,
must show fairly outward, should more appear like
entertainment than yours.
indict
I remember, one said there
were no sallets in the lines to make the matter
savoury, nor no matter in the phrase that might
indict the author of affectation; but called it an
honest method, as wholesome as sweet, and by very
much more handsome than fine.
rheum
Run barefoot up and down, threatening the flames
With bisson rheum.
diadem
a clout upon that head
Where late the diadem stood.
visage
Is it not monstrous that this player here,
But in a fiction, in a dream of passion,
Could force his soul so to his own conceit
That from her working all his visage wann'd.
offal
'Swounds, I should take it: for it cannot be
But I am pigeon-liver'd and lack gall
To make oppression bitter, or ere this
I should have fatted all the region kites
With this slave's offal: bloody, bawdy villain!
rogue
A pestilence on him for a mad rogue!

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Wednesday March 2nd 2016, 11:19 AM
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Friday March 4th 2016, 12:05 PM
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