Intermediate Anecdotes in American English by Leslie A. Hill, L. A. Hill

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In one of these moments, when it seemed to h i m that his treatment of this gentle lady had been too cruel, he wrote her a letter full o f wild words, which seemed to express his madness but were at the same time mixed w i t h signs that he still cared. While he was in this state of mind, some actors, who had often given Hamlet great pleasure in the past, came to the court. He had especially liked to hear one of them make a sad speech describing the death of old Priam, K i n g of Troy, and the grief of Hecuba, his queen.

He was bright, good-looking and well spoken, favourite qualities w i t h women. He was exactly the sort of person that might excite the jealousy of an older man (like Othello) w h o had married a young and beautiful wife; but Othello was as free from jealousy as he was noble, and as unable to suspect an evil action as he was to do one. He had employed Cassio as a k i n d of messenger in his love affair w i t h Desdemona, because he feared that he did not have the soft tongue w h i c h pleases ladies and was found in his friend.

He did not know what all this ceremony meant at first, and stood on one side. ' He saw Laertes j u m p into the grave, mad w i t h grief, and tell the gravediggers to pile mountains of earth on h i m so that he might be buried w i t h her. Then Hamlet's love for this beautiful girl came back to him, and he could not bear that a brother should show such grief, when he loved Ophelia better than forty thousand brothers. He came out from where he stood and jumped into the grave where Laertes was, even madder than he.

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