In my edition, this sentence gets its own line of verse. This leaves 9 beats of silence.
But it would seem like you’d want to use those 9 beats BEFORE the “No” and not after it. Like, to really feel the weight of this decision those 9 beats need to be full of struggle, to be thinking, really and truly – “Am I revenged? Should I do this now?”
If you say the “No” and THEN wait 9 beats. Well, I’m not sure what you do. But that too might be interesting. If he says, “No” and then doesn’t know what to do with himself for a little while. Like he spends 9 beats trying to work out where to put his sword and then determines that he should put it up, away from its target.
Of course, I imagine some editions would put this NO at the end of the previous line or, probably, more likely, the beginning of the next – both of those lines are somewhat irregular already – it might be just fine to, say, put three stressed words in a row to read. “No. Up, sword.”
But no – all on its own is definitely bold. And dramatic. But you’d have to really fill it.


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