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acknowledged " a very noble youth," and leaps into the grave, as he anticipated the dignity of his sorrow would be established by the de claration of his presence, and all would stand rebuked and silent before his voice
“ Who is he, whose grief
phrase of sorrow,
Act V. Scene 1. During the scene this excited feeling is retained, and the resistance offered to its assertion, together with the moral conviction of the injustice of Laertes' execration, imparts the sense of injury to Hamlet, who, blind to acts, yet retentive of sensations, after he has interrupted the funeral, assaulted the chief mourner, and polluted the grave, reproachfully inquires of the nearest living relative of the dead
“Hear you, Sir;
The cat will mew, the dog will have his day.” Thus, in his confusion, the impression of present wrong becomes confounded with former injury received from another person; and at Laertes he casts a threat which referred to his dethronement by his uncle, and his vague hope one day to regain his right. However, when the ebullition has subsided, and discourse on other subjects somewhat restored his consciousness, Hamlet partially perceives his error, and desires to make atonement.
“But I am very sorry, good Horatio,
Act V. Scene 2. The acknowledgment he then makes of forgetfulness, and the confes. sion of excitement, being, so far as his evidence can be trusted, a confirmation of the view here taken of Hamlet's condition.
The unsettled state of his intellect is portrayed in Hamlet's inability to fix attention on his own affairs. This throughout has been a symptom of his disorder, and with it has increased, ultimately working the cure of the malady by which it was engendered. So now, notwithstanding the deep interest of his discourse with Horatio, the entrance of Osric diverts his thoughts, and on the antics of the fop he sinks again into that dreamy state of speculation, which, like an opium-sleep, though it be an unnatural repose, yet is medicinal in its obliviousness, and helps to restore him to a partial sanity. The glimmer of returning reason, preceding dissolution, does not, however, enable him to penetrate the designs of men, or light those lower perceptions which constitute human prudence. To the business of life he remains insensible; for though the two most powerful in Denmark (the King and Laertes, a nobleman whose influence could make family wrong a motive for national rebellion,) are his enemies; and in the narrative of his escape from the assassination planned by the first, and in his determination to be reconciled to the last, he has only just before recognized them both in their true characters; yet without inducement or prelude to deceive his thoughts, he blindly accepts their joint invitation to one of those jousts, which frequently ending fatally, were therefore the most likely to conceal, and were the commonest resorts of treachery.
The very acquiescence, however, while it indicates the mind still unhealthy, is also a sign of its approaching recovery, for it shows the irritation has subsided; and this relief restores Hamlet to a knowledge of his own sensations, and enables him to interpret them correctly, which renders him conscious of his previous affliction, prompting that pathetic acknowledgment to Laertes which the character of the speaker, the motives which actuate him, and the circumstances under which it is given, must remove from any conjecture it could be coloured or invented.
“ Give me your pardon, Sir: I have done you wrong:
But pardon it as you are a gentleman.
Act V. Scene 2. Here Hamlet speaks of himself as mad, and his confession is perhaps the best evidence of the conclusiveness of the view of his actions and character sketched in these pages; by which directed, we will attempt, in the next number of this Magazine, to explain those portions of the tragedy which have been variously regarded as inconsistencies, gratuitous introductions, unnecessary harshnesses, unnatural conceptions, or inexplicable mysteries, -as the actual extent of Hamlet's insanity, his asperity to Polonius, his violence to Ophelia, bis dissertation to the Actors, his latitude of speech during the play, his reason for not killing the King, his disregard of Polonius's death, and his frequent delays ;-and to show that each and all of these are parts of one perfect whole, conceived in harmonious accordance with the laws of nature, and originating in that knowledge of mankind which Shakspere throughout his works discovers.
(To be continued.)
ILLUSTRATIONS OF DARTMOOR.
MANATON CHURCH.YARD.-THE UNKNOWN FEMALE
BY J. E. READE, AUTHOR OF ITALY, “ CATILINE,” &c.
“ | Marvel not, seeing your fixed regard :
Years passed on,
* The name is derived from Mden-y-Sun, signifying the circle of erect stones. This Druidical vestige lies in a small field S. E. of Ma aton : it is an enclosure of an elliptical form : the stones are from four to six feet in height, in a double ror and closely set; their diameter is one hundred and thirty-eight feet. They may be perceived from the village green. It is a most impressive Druidical relique.
One painting hung suspended from the wall :
* * Nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt." + “And his disciples followed him afar off.”
From a recollection of Guido's Crucifixion and master-piece, in the Milanese Gallery.
Its presence beautiful. In her simplest gesture
I should not dwell upon its character
Touched with an interest profound, I spoke :
and face All she had felt and suffered.
• The indulgence, So much which I must ask of you, I fear