Sunday, August 15, 2010
MAKE HER LAUGH AT THAT
Where is your son?
Ah, my good lord, what have I seen to-night!
Gertrude reaches for some wine, but Claudius takes the goblet from her.
What, Gertrude? How does Hamlet?
Gertrude speaks with a strange calm. She simply describes what she saw. She maintains clinical distance throughout.
Mad as the sea and wind, when both contend which is the mightier.
She tries to kiss Claudius who pushes her away. She barely acknowledges this.
In his lawless fit, Behind the arras hearing something stir, Whips out his rapier, cries, 'A rat, a rat!' And, in this brainish apprehension, kills The unseen good old man.
It had been so with us, had we been there: His liberty is full of threats to all; To you yourself, to us, to every one. Where is he gone?
To draw apart the body he hath kill'd: He weeps for what is done.
Gertrude again tries to kiss Claudius and she almost draws him in but he is suddenly disgusted by her and terrified by her. He leaves the room.
She is upset at first, but suddenly she becomes very calm and sits down again at the table and continues caking on the makeup.