Hamlet Act V Scene 1 – Clown

Is she to be buried in Christian burial when she willfully seeks her own salvation? The scene begins.
How can that be unless she drowned herself in her own defense? Other: I tell the she is. Therefore, make her grave straight. The crowner hath sate on her and finds it Christian burial.
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 drowned herself wittingly. Other: Why tis found so.
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. Other: Nay but hear you, Goodman Delver.
Ay marry ist, crowner’s quest law. Other: But is this law?
Why there thou sayst. And the more pity that great folk should have countnance in this world to drown or hang themselves more than their evenChristen. Come, my Spade. There is no ancient gentlemen but gardeners, ditchers, and gravemakers. They hold up Adam’s profession. Other: Will you ha the truth ont? If this had not been a gentlewoman, she should have been buried out o Christian burial.
A was the first that ever bore arms. Other: Was he a gentleman?
What, art a heathen? How dost thou understand the Scripture? The Scripture says Adam digged. Could he dig without arms? I’ll put another question to thee. If thou answerest me not to the purpose, confess thyself… Other: Why he had none.
What is he that builds stronger than either the mason, the shipwright, or the carpenter? Other: Go to.
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 that the gallows is built stronger than the church. Argal the gallows may do well to thee. Tot again, come. Other: The gallows maker for that frame outlives a thousand tennants.
Ay tell me that and unyoke. Other: Who builds stronger than a mason, a shipwright, or a carpenter?
Tot. Other: Marry now I can tell.
Cudgel thy brains no more about it, for your dull ass will not mend his pace with beating. And when you are asked this question next, say a gravemaker. The houses he makes last till doomsday. Go get thee in and fetch me a stoup of liquor. (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 steeling steps. Hath clawed me in his clutch, And hath shipped me into the land. As if I had never been such. Other: Mass, I cannot tell.

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