How long hath she been thus?

How long do you think, King Claudius?
I mean – how long COULD she have been thus? Didn’t you JUST see her at the play? Was she thus then?
Or has somehow a lot of time passed since the play and Polonius’ death? It always felt to me as if this scene was the next day – that no time had passed at all. Which would make this a stupid question.

But I can forgive him for it actually, if it is that long (which I can’t be sure it is) – it’s hard to know what to say or do around madness.

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