So you must take your husbands.

Husbands. Plural.
What is Hamlet suggesting multiple husbands for Ophelia?
First it was a nunnery.
Then it was some innuendo, involving himself.
Now it’s multiple husbands.
I mean, in this day and age, there are some people with husbands, plural.
I know a few who’ve had more than one, the sort with First Husbands and Second Husbands even Third ones. But – in this period – having multiple husbands would indicate a death somewhere. A lady didn’t get more than one husband unless he died. And even then, it was touch and go. Unless – of course – Hamlet means the selection of a husband from an assortment of many potential ones. Or as a joke.
Which given his mood in this scene is not impossible.
Husbands who are better and worse might be a reference to far better and far worse. It’s a little bit of a stretch that. Say, not a very GOOD joke. Still better, and worse not being the MOST direct quote of the marriage vows. But it’s possible. So you must take your line analysis – not much better and worse.


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