If not, I will gain nothing but my shame and the odd hits.

This balance is not quite obvious. So. He wins the thing for Claudius. If he doesn’t – he doesn’t gain anything but a few points in the duel. And his shame. There’s no real clear balance. It’s not like he’s saying, ”If I lose, I will lose nothing.”

He’s not saying, “What have I got to lose?” He’s laying out a losing proposition – which he’s not wrong about at all – but in such a way that it SOUNDS like something we’re more accustomed to.


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