Hamlet: Act II, Scene ii


Hamlet.         Act 2, Scene 2.      Hamlet

This text is used in our interview with Michael Urie

318   I have of late–but
319   wherefore I know not–lost all my mirth, forgone all
320   custom of exercises; and indeed it goes so heavily
321   with my disposition that this goodly frame, the
322   earth, seems to me a sterile promontory, this most
323   excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave
324   o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted
325   with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to
326   me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours.
327   What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason!
328   how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how
329   express and admirable! in action how like an angel!
330   in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the
331   world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me,
332   what is this quintessence of dust? man delights not
333   me: no, nor woman neither, though by your smiling
334   you seem to say so.

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