Laertes, you shall hear them.

I return to my questions about these letters. We clearly have two letters here. One for Claudius and one for Gertrude. But both have been given to Claudius. Given his telling Laertes that he shall hear them, it suggests that Claudius is planning on reading both of these letters. The one for him, of course, but perhaps also the one for the Queen. He doesn’t end up doing that – he just reads his own letter. It tells him enough I suppose. But I wonder what that letter to Gertrude says. I expect that Hamlet fully expects Claudius to read that too or he would have delivered it via a more private channel.

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