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Osric. How is't, Laertes?
She swounds' to see them bleed Queen. No, no, the drink, the drink, - O my dear Hamlet, The drink, the drink! I am poisoned.
[Dies.) Hamlet. O villainy! Ho! let the door be locked. Treachery! Seek it out.
No medicine in the world can do thee good;
I can no more. The King, the King's to blame.
He stabs the King.
[King dies.) Laertes.
He is justly served; It is a poison mixed by himself. Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet. Mine and my father's death come not upon thee, Nor thine on me! [Dies.] 1 swounds (swoonz): faints. 2 practice: trick.
3 but hurt: only wounded.
Hamlet. Heaven make thee free of it! I follow thee.
I am dead, Horatio. Wretched queen, adieu!
[March within.) Why does the drum come hither?
Fortinbras, the Prince of Norway, enters with his soldiers, returning from a victory in Poland. Fortinbras. Where is this sight? O proud Death,
What feast is on in thine eternal cell,
potent (põ'těnt): powerful.
8 For stage presentation the playet may end here, unless there are enough in the cast to represent Fortinbras and his army.
The soldiers' music and the rites of war
(Exeunt, bearing off the dead bodies.)
I, i, 60–111;ii, 17-41.
V, ii, from 366.
1, ii, 42-63; iii.
V, i, ii, 230–335.
II, ii, 1–38, 222-387.
V, ii, 12–62; 372–375.
II, ii, 430-546.
III, ii, 1–46, 130–269. Osric.
V, ii, 81–198.
1 The line numbers refer to The Macmillan Pocket Classics edition of Hamlet.
A Forty-minute Play in Five Acts from
SETTING: An uninhabited island
Act I. Before Prospero's cell, a cave on a desert island. Prospero and Miranda, Ariel, Caliban.
Act II. Another part of the island. Caliban, Trinculo, Stephano.
Act V. Prospero and Ariel; the King of Naples; Prospero's brother, the usurping Duke.
PROLOG-INTRODUCTION 1 It may seem strange to see an uncouth, wicked man assume the title rôle, but in this playlet from The Tempest, Caliban must lead.
* The King of Naples may be accompanied by two or three (or more) supernumerary lords. 1 Prolog-Introduction. Ariel may assume Prolog's lines.
Not only does the interest gravitate toward him, but he is the principal comedian.
Caliban is a hideous slave. His mother was a witch, and when she died, he was left a deformed child, on this barren island alone. This rocky isle, therefore, belongs to him. It is his inheritance. But the enchanter Prospero has taken it away from him.
Prospero, however, is not a magician of the meaner sort. He is
The Bermudas are on the other side of the globe, a thousand miles east of Cape Hatteras, i.e. off the coast of the United States.
the Duke of Milan, banished by his wicked brother, who placed him and his infant daughter in an open boat, so that they drifted to this shore. Though Caliban is subject to him, he is treated as he deserves.
Caliban is of the earth, earthy. His name is made up of the transposed letters of the word cannibal. He has the appetites and