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Larger context for LACK in Corpus USbrown_UKbncw/UK_bncw.txt


PLAYER: Act One -- moves now.
(The mime.
Soft music from a recorder.
PLAYER-KING and PLAYER-QUEEN embrace.
She kneels and makes a show of protestation to him.
He takes her up, declining his head upon her neck.
He lies down.
She, seeing him asleep, leaves him.)
GUIL: What is the dumbshow for?
PLAYER: Well, it's a device, really -- it makes the action that follows more or less comprehensible; you understand, we are tied down to a language which makes up in obscurity what it lacks in style.
(The mime ( continued) -- enter another.
He takes off the SLEEPER's crown, kisses it.
He had brought in a small bottle of liquid.
He pours the poison in the SLEEPER's ear, and leaves him.
The SLEEPER convulses heroically, dying.)
ROS: Who was that?
PLAYER: The King's brother and uncle to the Prince.
GUIL: Not exactly fraternal.
PLAYER: Not exactly avuncular, as time goes on.
(The QUEEN returns, makes passionate action, finding the KING dead.
The POISONER comes in again, attended by two others (the two in cloaks).
The POISONER seems to console with her.
The dead body is carried away. the POISONER woos the QUEEN with gifts.
She seems harsh awhile but in the end accepts his love.
End of mime, at which point, the wail of a woman in torment and OPHELIA appears, wailing, closely followed by HAMLET in a hysterical state, shouting at her, circling her, both midstage.)
HAMLET: Go to, I'll no more on't; it hath made me mad!
(She falls on her knees weeping.)