Friend: Ophelia, I got your message. What’s the matter? Ophelia: I’ve ruined it. I can’t do it anymore. I want this all to be over. Friend: What? Ophelia you know you can tell me anything, it’s me. Ophelia: No, No I can’t even bring myself to say it. PAUSE OPHELIA IS ABOUT TO SAY. HAMLET ENTERS. OPHELIA BURSTS INTO TEARS. Ophelia: I don’t want him here. Get him out! Friend: Look she’s in a bad way. I think you should leave. Hamlet: What? Why? I want to know what’s going on. Ophelia: No Hamlet just go, please, you’ve done enough already. (Through tears) Hamlet: What’s that supposed to mean?
Ophelia: I can’t do this right now. (Runs out) Friend: Ophelia! Wait! (Runs after Ophelia) HAMLET STANDS BEWILDERED/CONFUSED. PAUSE. GERTRUDE AND CLAUDIUS ENTERS. Gertrude: Hamlet, there you are we’ve been looking for you e—Hamlet? Son, what’s wrong? HAMLET DOESN’T ANSWER. Gertrude: Come on Hamlet I can tell when something is wrong. HAMLET STILL DOESN’T ANSWER. Claudius: Just leave him. He’s probably just still grieving. That boy and his issues.. Hamlet: What did you just say? Who do you think you are?! The only issues I have are with you. Gertrude: Hamlet that’s enough!
Scene 2 Hamlet
Claudius: No Gertrude. Let the boy say what he has to say. (LONG PAUSE HAMLET SLOWLY WALKS CLOSE TO CLAUDIUS) Hamlet: I wouldn’t waste my breath. No words will ever come close to describing how I feel about you. (HAMLET GOES TO TURN AWAY BUT COME BACK FIST CLENCHED IN THE AIR ABOUT TO PUNCH CLAUDIUS – CLAUDIUS GRABS HIS WRIST AND HOLDS IT IN THE AIR) Claudius: I can understand you’ve had your problems Hamlet. We all have. But your attitude is going too far for my liking. (CLAUDIUS DROPS THE HELD ARMS IN THE AIR) Gertrude: (frantically panicking) Both of you please just stop this!
Hamlet: No mother! This has been long overdue. Claudius: Was I not clear? I know my place in this family. It’s time you learnt yours. Hamlet: Family?! You call this a family? You are no family of mine. Claudius: He’s gone he’s dead I think once and for all you need to accept that! Hamlet: “He” See you can’t even bring yourself to say my father’s name, and I know why… she is just too blind to see it. Gertrude: Hamlet! What on earth! That is no way to talk to your father or your mother! (HAMLET SHOUTS) Hamlet: He is not my father! Claudius: Yes I am! END