- Shakespeare, William
- 1564 - 1582: William Shakespeare's Stratford Beginnings
- 1582 - 1592: William Shakespeare's Marriage, Parenthood and Early Occupation
- 1592 - 1594: William Shakespeare's Life In London, part 1
- 1594 - 1611: William Shakespeare's Life In London, part 2
- 1594 - 1611: William Shakespeare's Life In London, part 3
- 1611 - 1616: William Shakespeare - Back to Stratford
- Walpole, Horace
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- Act I
- Act II
- Act III
- Act IV
- Act V
Act IV, Scene i
Synopsis of Hamlet Act IV, scene i
Gertrude tells Claudius that Hamlet has killed Polonius. He sends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to find Hamlet and the body.
Commentary on Hamlet Act IV scene i
It had been so with us had we been there — Claudius (using the royal plural ) indicates his worry about his own safety, which seems to concern him more than Polonius' death.
So haply slander … transports his poisoned shot … may miss our name — Claudius sees rumour as a poisoned weapon which he hopes to avoid — ironically, given that he poisoned the ear of the Old King and of the country with false reports (see Act I scene iv).
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