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"Hamlet," Vocabulary from Act 3

April 10, 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
turbulent
Get from him why he puts on this confusion,
Grating so harshly all his days of quiet
With turbulent and dangerous lunacy?
affront
We have closely sent for Hamlet hither,
That he, as 'twere by accident, may here
Affront Ophelia.
espial
Her father and myself, lawful espials,
Will so bestow ourselves that, seeing, unseen,
We may of their encounter frankly judge.
pious
'Tis too much proved--that with devotion's visage
And pious action we do sugar o'er
The devil himself.
calamity
There's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
insolence
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes.
spurn
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes.
quietus
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin?
bodkin
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin?
pith
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry.
awry
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry.
orison
Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember'd.
inoculate
You should not have believed me; for virtue cannot
so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of
it: I loved you not.
knave
We are arrant knaves,
all; believe none of us.
calumny
If thou dost marry, I'll give thee this plague for
thy dowry: be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as
snow, thou shalt not escape calumny.
melancholy
There's something in his soul,
O'er which his melancholy sits on brood.
temperance
Nor do not saw the air
too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently;
for in the very torrent, tempest, and, as I may say,
the whirlwind of passion, you must acquire and beget
a temperance that may give it smoothness.
termagant
O, it
offends me to the soul to hear a robustious
periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to
very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings, who
for the most part are capable of nothing but
inexplicable dumbshows and noise: I would have such
a fellow whipped for o'erdoing Termagant; it
out-herods Herod: pray you, avoid it.
lament
The Poisoner, with some two or three Mutes, comes in again, seeming to lament with her.
clemency
For us, and for our tragedy,
Here stooping to your clemency,
We beg your hearing patiently.
withers
'tis a knavish piece of work: but what o'
that? your majesty and we that have free souls, it
touches us not: let the galled jade wince, our
withers are unwrung.
provincial
Would not this, sir, and a forest of feathers--if
the rest of my fortunes turn Turk with me--with two
Provincial roses on my razed shoes, get me a
fellowship in a cry of players, sir?
gambol
It is not madness
That I have utter'd: bring me to the test,
And I the matter will re-word; which madness
Would gambol from.
unction
Mother, for love of grace,
Lay not that mattering unction to your soul,
That not your trespass, but my madness speaks:
prate
Indeed this counsellor
Is now most still, most secret and most grave,
Who was in life a foolish prating knave.
perchance
I will watch to-night;
Perchance 'twill walk again.

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