By the lord, Horatio, these three years I have taken note of it.

This is a rather curious specificity time-wise. What in the world has happened in the last three years? Or in Shakespeare’s London?
The major events in the past in this play happened in a matter of months, not years. Is there some movement toward democratization afoot? Three years ago, someone began printing text for the masses that removed the major barriers of learning? Is that it? Is it that Hamlet’s been at school for three years? I mean – if he is at a four year university that might make sense time wise.
It is a very curious time frame.

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