He took me by the wrist and held me hard.

This is not an answer to the question of “What said he?” It is, in fact, what he did. And she does not say, “He didn’t say anything – he grabbed my wriest!” Which makes me wonder if, perhaps, Hamlet might have, in fact, said something to her that she doesn’t want to repeat to her father. What that might be, I don’t know – but a slight bit of caginess on Ophelia’s part might give her some depth. What if he said, “Ophelia. I need you to go tell your father that I’ve lost my mind. I’d very much like to take you to my bedchamber right now but your recent behavior would lead me to conclude that your dad’s got you under his thumb. I’ve got a lot going on right now, Ophelia. I think I may be seeing things. And it’s raised some questions about the morality of the people in this current administration. I’m not real sure who’s on my side. I don’t even know about you, fair Ophelia. Are you with me? Will you come with me or run and tell your father that I’m mad? I’ll stay here as long as you need to make your decision.”

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