Speeches (Lines) for Second Clown
in "Hamlet"

Total: 12

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1

V,1,3349

First Clown. Is she to be buried in Christian burial when she wilfully seeks her own salvation?

Second Clown. I tell thee she is; therefore make her grave straight.
The crowner hath sate on her, and finds it Christian burial.


2

V,1,3353

First Clown. How can that be, unless she drown'd herself in her own
defence?

Second Clown. Why, 'tis found so.


3

V,1,3358

First Clown. It must be se offendendo; it cannot be else. For here lies
the point: if I drown myself wittingly, it argues an act; and an
act hath three branches-it is to act, to do, and to perform;
argal, she drown'd herself wittingly.

Second Clown. Nay, but hear you, Goodman Delver!


4

V,1,3364

First Clown. Give me leave. Here lies the water; good. Here stands the
man; good. If the man go to this water and drown himself, it is,
will he nill he, he goes- mark you that. But if the water come to
him and drown him, he drowns not himself. Argal, he that is not
guilty of his own death shortens not his own life.

Second Clown. But is this law?


5

V,1,3366

First Clown. Ay, marry, is't- crowner's quest law.

Second Clown. Will you ha' the truth an't? If this had not been a
gentlewoman, she should have been buried out o' Christian burial.


6

V,1,3373

First Clown. Why, there thou say'st! And the more pity that great folk
should have count'nance in this world to drown or hang themselves
more than their even-Christian. Come, my spade! There is no
ancient gentlemen but gard'ners, ditchers, and grave-makers. They
hold up Adam's profession.

Second Clown. Was he a gentleman?


7

V,1,3375

First Clown. 'A was the first that ever bore arms.

Second Clown. Why, he had none.


8

V,1,3380

First Clown. What, art a heathen? How dost thou understand the Scripture?
The Scripture says Adam digg'd. Could he dig without arms? I'll
put another question to thee. If thou answerest me not to the
purpose, confess thyself-

Second Clown. Go to!


9

V,1,3383

First Clown. What is he that builds stronger than either the mason, the
shipwright, or the carpenter?

Second Clown. The gallows-maker; for that frame outlives a thousand
tenants.


10

V,1,3389

First Clown. I like thy wit well, in good faith. The gallows does well.
But how does it well? It does well to those that do ill. Now,
thou dost ill to say the gallows is built stronger than the
church. Argal, the gallows may do well to thee. To't again, come!

Second Clown. Who builds stronger than a mason, a shipwright, or a
carpenter?


11

V,1,3392

First Clown. Ay, tell me that, and unyoke.

Second Clown. Marry, now I can tell!


12

V,1,3394

First Clown. To't.

Second Clown. Mass, I cannot tell.


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