Give me your pardon, sir.

It’s interesting how demanding this is. He doesn’t ASK for Laertes’ pardon, he expects it. He’s using the imperative. It’s almost an order or demand. He doesn’t say “Please” – he doesn’t qualify this request in any way.

He asks for a pardon the way a lot of people order coffee. “Give me a cappuccino.”

But then, he is a Prince. He is not built to ask for things; he is built to command.
That he should want a pardon for himself is probably a bit of a hit for his princely status.


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