For thou hast been As one, in suffering all, suffers nothing, A man that Fortune’s buffets and rewards Hast ta’en with equal thanks.

Which begs the question – what in the world has happened to Horatio? What is this all he has suffered? Is he a refugee from somewhere where his country has been ravaged? Has he lost his wife and family like Macduff? Has he endured disease? Did he see his parents murdered?

And what were the rewards? Did he stumble upon great wealth only to lose it?
Did he have a great romance only to lose his love?
Was he a prince who lost his state?
We don’t have many facts about Horatio. This sense of his poverty and being thrown about by fortune comes only from Hamlet. Horatio himself is a bit blank.

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2 thoughts on “For thou hast been As one, in suffering all, suffers nothing, A man that Fortune’s buffets and rewards Hast ta’en with equal thanks.

  1. Hamet May 6, 2018 / 12:57 am

    I don’t think this is a sound analysis. It’s a bit speculative, there’s nothing in the text to answer the question, and there are no meaning implications steming out of it. I read it as a characterization of Horatio as someone who accepts whatever Fortune (which in the work was repeatedly characterized negatively, e.g. as a whore) gives him (“in suffering all”) and thus he escapes the kind of dilemma that Hamlet faces (“suffers nothing”).

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