Though, I know, to divide him inventorially would Dizzy the arithmetic of memory, and yet but yaw Neither, in respect of his quick sail.

This section makes me think about the idea of homo ludens – that is – that one of the principle characteristics that defines us as human is our ability, desire and need to play. Hamlet is a great player. He knows how to play in multiple ways. He knows how to make a game of many things. This game is the game of using as many silly honorific words as possible to describe Laertes – to sound as pompous as possible, without giving away the game. And the game grows as he plays it. He starts playing and the game opens out until it is a whole speech.
Also I’m curious about what “sail” is doing here.


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