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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
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  • The chariest maid is prodigal enough If she unmask her beauty to the moon: Virtue itself scopes not calumnious strokes: The canker galls the infants of the spring Too oft before their buttons be disclos’d: And in the morn and liquid dew of youth Contagious blastments are most imminent.
  • I bought an unction of a mountebank, So mortal that, but dip a knife in it, Where it draws blood no cataplasm so rare, Collected from all simples that have virtue Under the moon, can save the thing from death This is but scratch’d withal: I’ll touch my point With this contagion, that, if I gall him slightly, It may be death.
  • ] ’tis now the very witching time of night, When churchyards yawn, and hell itself breathes out Contagion to this world: now could I drink hot blood, And do such bitter business as the day Would quake to look on.

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  • Following the French Revolution, a contagion of upheaval spread across Europe.
  • One of the tragedies for AIDS patients is the irrational fear of contagion through casual contact.

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