And therefore must his choice be circumscribed Unto the voice and yielding of that body Whereof he is the head.

The body, yielding,
To allow for passage for response or touch.
The body here is the public, I expect
But the image is so corporeal,
So like a pliant moving living person
Moving with the will of its head.
This is, of course, what Laertes is worried his sister’s body is doing –
Yielding to the willful head of state,
Doing everything he asks
Bending toward his desire.


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