Hamlet

Act 3, Sc. 2: How do Hamlet's words here violate the spirit of the final demand the Ghost made of him?

Hamlet. 'By and by' is easily said. Leave me, friends.

[Exit all but Hamlet]

'Tis now the very witching time of night,

When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out

Contagion to this world. Now could I drink hot blood,

And do such bitter business as the day

Would quake to look on. Soft, now to my mother.

O heart, lose not thy nature. Let not ever

The soul of Nero enter this firm bosom;

Let me be cruel, not unnatural.

I will speak daggers to her, but use none.

My tongue and soul in this be hypocrites:

How in my words somever she by shent,

To give them seals never, my soul, consent.

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