's petty intrigues and abortive attempts to find out the truth about Hamlet "fall on th'inventor's head" (cf.
So that they'd understand it," says Myers, who doubles deftly as Polonius
and the gravedigger.
Claudius, upon hearing of Hamlet's deed, consoles his wife (and Hamlet's mother), Gertrude, sighing "O heavy deed!" He later empathizes with Polonius
: Ay, or drinking, fencing, swearing,/Quarreling, drabbing,--you may go so far.
The arras in this scene is not mere editorial interpolation - both Polonius
and Gertrude explicitly use the word 'arras' to describe Polonius
It's clear, I think (despite the cautionary ghost of Polonius
) that these are meant as words to live by.
He nevertheless terrorizes his mother and kills the eavesdropping Polonius
. Justly fearing for his own life, Claudius sends Hamlet to England with Hamlet's friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, who carry orders to have Hamlet killed.
When Claudius questioned Hamlet about Polonius
's whereabouts, it was clear that Hamlet had undergone physical torture.
In a brief scene Laertes says good-bye to his father, Polonius
, and to his sister, Ophelia.
, Lord Chamberlain under Claudius, whom he has apparently helped to the throne.
His rejection of Ophelia, to whom he has shown attention, leads her father, Polonius
, to the conclusion that love has driven the prince mad.
-- the elderly Lord Chamberlain, chief counselor to Claudius.