Friend: Ophelia, I got your message. What’s the matter?
Ophelia: I’ve ruined it. I can’t do it anymore. I want this all to be over. Friend: What? Ophelia you know you can tell me anything, it’s me. Ophelia: No, No I can’t even bring myself to say it.
PAUSE OPHELIA IS ABOUT TO SAY. HAMLET ENTERS.OPHELIA BURSTS INTO TEARS. Ophelia: I don’t want him here. Get him out!
Friend: Look she’s in a bad way. I think you should leave. Hamlet: What? Why? I want to know what’s going on.
Ophelia: No Hamlet just go, please, you’ve done enough already. (Through tears) Hamlet: What’s that supposed to mean?
Ophelia: I can’t do this right now. (Runs out)
Friend: Ophelia! Wait! (Runs after Ophelia)
HAMLET STANDS BEWILDERED/CONFUSED. PAUSE. GERTRUDE AND CLAUDIUS ENTERS. Gertrude: Hamlet, there you are we’ve been looking for you e---Hamlet? Son, what’s wrong? HAMLET DOESN’T ANSWER.
Gertrude: Come on Hamlet I can tell when something is wrong. HAMLET STILL DOESN’T ANSWER.
Claudius: Just leave him. He’s probably just still grieving. That boy and his issues.. Hamlet: What did you just say? Who do you think you are?! The only issues I have are with you. Gertrude: Hamlet that’s enough!
Claudius: No Gertrude. Let the boy say what he has to say.
(LONG PAUSE HAMLET SLOWLY WALKS CLOSE TO CLAUDIUS)
Hamlet: I wouldn’t waste my breath. No words will ever come close to describing how I feel about you. (HAMLET GOES TO TURN AWAY BUT COME BACK FIST CLENCHED IN THE AIR ABOUT TO PUNCH CLAUDIUS – CLAUDIUS GRABS HIS WRIST AND HOLDS IT IN THE AIR) Claudius: I can understand you’ve had your problems Hamlet. We all have. But your attitude is going too far for my liking. (CLAUDIUS DROPS THE HELD ARMS IN THE AIR)
Gertrude: (frantically panicking) Both of you please just stop this! Hamlet: No mother! This has been long overdue.
Claudius: Was I not clear? I know my place in this family. It’s time you learnt yours. Hamlet: Family?! You call this a family? You are no family of mine. Claudius: He’s...
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