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Queen. One woe doth tread upon another's heel, So fast they follow:-Your sister's drown'd, Laertes.'
Laer. Drown'd! 0, where?
Queen. There is a willow grows ascaunt the brook, That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream; Therewith fantastick garlands did she make Of crow-flowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples'', That liberal shepherds give a grosser name, But our cold maids do dead men's fingers call them : There on the pendant boughs her coronet weeds Clambering to hang, an enyious sliver broke; When down her weedy trophies, and herself, Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide;
And, mermaid-like, a while they bore her up:
Alas then, she is drown'd?
Laer. Too much of water hast thou, poor Ophelia, And therefore I forbid my tears: But yet It is our trick; nature her custom holds, Let shame say what it will : when these are gone, The woman will be out.-Adieu, my lord! I have a speech of fire, that fain would blaze, But that this folly drowns it.
Let's follow, Gertrude: How much I had to do to calm his rage ! Now fear I, this will give it start again; Therefore, let's follow.
i Clo. Is she to be bury'd in christian burial, that wilfully seeks her own salvation ?
2 Clo. I tell thee, she is; therefore, make her grave straight: the crowner hath set on her, and finds it christian burial.
i Clo. How can that be, unless she drown'd herself in her own defence ?
2 Clo. Why, 'tis found so.
i 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 113 ; it is, to act, to do, and to perform: Argal, she drown'd herself wittingly.
2 Clo. Nay, but hear you, goodman delver.
i 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
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? i Clo. Ay, marry is't; crowner's-quest law 114. 2 Clo. Will you ha' the truth on't? If this had not
been a gentlewoman, she should have been bury'd out of christian burial.
1 Clo. Why, there thou say'st: And the more pity; that great folks should have countenance in this world to drown or hang themselves, more than their even christian. Come; my spade. There is no ancient gentlemen but gardeners, ditchers, and grave-makers; they hold up Adam's profession.
2 Clo. Was he a gentleman?
i 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 answer'st me not to the purpose, confess thyself
2 Clo. Go to.
į Clo. What is lie, that builds stronger than either the mason, the shipwright, or the carpenter?
2 Clo. The gallows-maker; for that frame outlives a thousand tenants.
i 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.