Does it not, think’st thee, stand me now upon –

This is a rather halting beginning to a speech that gets quite forceful and direct after it. His charges against Claudius are clearer than at any point previous in the play – but this introduction to it stops and starts. It has a jumpy quality. I mean, sure, it’s pentameter – but it’s not exactly iambic and it feels a bit like he’s interrupting himself. I wonder why.

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