To bear all smooth and even, This sudden sending him away must seem Deliberate pause.

If I had to guess Claudius’ survival strategy up to this point, I’d say it could be summed up in the first part of this line. I bet he’s trained himself to bear all smooth and even. He has a finely crafted public persona. Despite the fact that he is a murderer, he almost never lets anyone see his feathers ruffled. He probably has said this thing about bearing all smooth and even to himself his whole life.

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