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"Hamlet," Vocabulary from Act 4

April 12, 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
providence
It will be laid to us, whose providence
Should have kept short, restrain'd and out of haunt,
This mad young man.
discord
My soul is full of discord and dismay.
kin
Compounded it with dust, whereto 'tis kin.
scourge
He's loved of the distracted multitude,
Who like not in their judgment, but their eyes;
And where tis so, the offender's scourge is weigh'd,
But never the offence.
convocation
Not where he eats, but where he is eaten: a certain
convocation of politic worms are e'en at him.
conveyance
Tell him that, by his licence, Fortinbras
Craves the conveyance of a promised march
Over his kingdom.
garrison
Yes, it is already garrison'd.
bestial
Now, whether it be
Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple
Of thinking too precisely on the event,
A thought which, quarter'd, hath but one part wisdom
And ever three parts coward, I do not know
Why yet I live to say 'This thing's to do;'
craven
Now, whether it be
Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple
Of thinking too precisely on the event,
A thought which, quarter'd, hath but one part wisdom
And ever three parts coward, I do not know
Why yet I live to say 'This thing's to do;'
scruple
Now, whether it be
Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple
Of thinking too precisely on the event,
A thought which, quarter'd, hath but one part wisdom
And ever three parts coward, I do not know
Why yet I live to say 'This thing's to do;'
exhort
Examples gross as earth exhort me.
importunate
She is importunate, indeed distract.
conjecture
'Twere good she were spoken with; for she may strew
Dangerous conjectures in ill-breeding minds.
conceit
Conceit upon her father.
inter
First, her father slain:
Next, your son gone; and he most violent author
Of his own just remove: the people muddied,
Thick and unwholesome in their thoughts and whispers,
For good Polonius' death; and we have done but greenly,
In hugger-mugger to inter him.
superfluous
O my dear Gertrude, this,
Like to a murdering-piece, in many places
Gives me superfluous death.
impetuous
The ocean, overpeering of his list,
Eats not the flats with more impetuous haste
Than young Laertes, in a riotous head
O'erbears your officers.
riotous
The ocean, overpeering of his list,
Eats not the flats with more impetuous haste
Than young Laertes, in a riotous head,
O'erbears your officers.
antiquity
The rabble call him lord;
And, as the world were now but to begin,
Antiquity forgot, custom not known,
The ratifiers and props of every word,
They cry 'Choose we: Laertes shall be king:'
incensed
Tell me, Laertes,
Why thou art thus incensed.
repast
To his good friends thus wide I'll ope my arms;
And like the kind life-rendering pelican,
Repast them with my blood.
gallant
I've seen myself, and served against, the French,
And they can well on horseback: but this gallant
Had witchcraft in't; he grew unto his seat;
And to such wondrous doing brought his horse,
As he had been incorpsed and demi-natured
With the brave beast:
abatement
That we would do
We should do when we would; for this 'would' changes
And hath abatements and delays as many
As there are tongues, are hands, are accidents;
remiss
He, being remiss,
Most generous and free from all contriving,
Will not peruse the foils.
mountebank
I bought an unction of a mountebank,
So mortal that, but dip a knife in it,
Where it draws blood no cataplasm so rare,
Collected from all simples that have virtue
Under the moon, can save the thing from death
That is but scratch'd withal

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