Sir, this report of his Did Hamlet so envenom with his envy That he could nothing do but wish and beg Your sudden coming oe’r, to play with him.

The picture Claudius is painting of Hamlet is incredibly infantilized. It’s like – he’s this child wishing and begging for his friend to come over to play with him. As if they were going to play Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or jacks or Cowboys and Indians or Danes and Swedes or whatever games the children of Elsinore might play with each other. Wishing and begging are not particularly adult behaviors.


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