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|Claudius' prayer, such as it is.
Written by Jezkalyn
(5/22/2003 6:32 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR - Another what if about that scene, penned by LaurieC
] I wondered if Hamlet did hear part of what Claudius was praying, but he enters after the "juicy" confessional part. Do you suppose that when Claudius kneels, at that point he is praying some generic "soul purging" prayer (with no incriminating details).
Claudius doesn't actually start "praying" until after Hamlet enters. After Hamlet decides to not do it, Claudius says:
My words fly up, my thoughts remain below.
He wasn't praying at all. His heart wasn't in it. Sad really.
Just a thought, for some reason, I never really thought it was what Claudius may be saying in his prayer, but the fact that he was praying at all that stopped Hamlet. The point is, had Hamlet known that Claudius was not really praying at all, he would have been able to kill him with no reservations of sending him to heaven. This is an example of 1) Hamlet thinking too durned hard, and 2) what is true and not true in the overheard text of the play.
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