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Scene Study (Male-Male)

1. CLO.

Is she to be buried in Christian burial when she willfully seeks her own salvation?

2. CLO.

I tell thee she is, therefore make her grave straight. The crowner hath sate on her, and finds it Christian burial.

1. CLO.

How can that be, unless she drown’d herself in her own defense?

2. CLO.

Why, ’tis found so.

1. CLO.

It must be se offendendo, it cannot be else. For here lies the point: if I drown myself wittingly, it argues an act, and an act hath three branches—it is to act, to do, to perform; argal, she drown’d herself wittingly.

2. CLO.

Nay, but hear you, goodman delver—

1. CLO.

Give me leave. Here lies the water; good. Here stands the man; good. If the man go to this water and drown himself, it is, will he, nill he, he goes, mark you that. But if the water come to him and drown him, he drowns not himself; argal, he that is not guilty of his own death shortens not his own life.

2. CLO.

But is this law?

1. CLO.

Ay, marry, is’t—crowner’s quest law.

2. CLO.

Will you ha’ the truth an’t? If this had not been a gentlewoman, she should have been buried out a’ Christian burial.

1. CLO.

Why, there thou say’st, and the more pity that great folk should have count’nance in this world to drown or hang themselves, more than their even-Christen. Come, my spade. There is no ancient gentlemen but gard’ners, ditchers, and grave-makers; they hold up Adam’s profession.

2. CLO.

Was he a gentleman?

1. CLO.

’A was the first that ever bore arms.

2. CLO.

Why, he had none.

1. CLO.

What, art a heathen? How dost thou understand the Scripture? The Scripture says Adam digg’d; could he dig without arms? I’ll put another question to thee. If thou answerest me not to the purpose, confess thyself—

2. CLO.

Go to.

1. CLO.

What is he that builds stronger than either the mason, the shipwright, or the carpenter?

2. CLO.

The gallows-maker, for that outlives a thousand tenants.

1. CLO.

I like thy wit well, in good faith. The gallows does well; but how does it well? It does well to those that do ill. Now thou dost ill to say the gallows is built stronger than the church; argal, the gallows may do well to thee. To’t again, come.

2. CLO.

Who builds stronger than a mason, a shipwright, or a carpenter?

1. CLO.

Ay, tell me that, and unyoke.

2. CLO.

Marry, now I can tell.

1. CLO.

To’t.

2. CLO.

Mass, I cannot tell.

Enter Hamlet and Horatio afar off.

1. CLO.

Cudgel thy brains no more about it, for your dull ass will not mend his pace with beating, and when you are ask’d this question next, say “a grave-maker“: the houses he makes lasts till doomsday. Go get thee in, and fetch me a sup of liquor.

Exit Second Clown. First Clown digs.
Song.

“In youth when I did love, did love,

Methought it was very sweet,

To contract—O—the time for-a-my behove,

O, methought there-a-was nothing-a-meet.”

“But age with his stealing steps

Hath clawed me in his clutch,

And hath shipped me into the land,

As if I had never been such.”

 

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