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assay
used in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

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Definition
analysis or the results of an analysis — especially to determine the quantity of an ore (such as gold)  in rock or of a chemical substance such as a protein in a tumor
  • — See you now; Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth: And thus do we of wisdom and of reach, With windlaces, and with assays of bias, By indirections find directions out: So, by my former lecture and advice, Shall you my son.
    2.1 — Act 2 Scene 1 — A room in Polonius's house (54% in)
  • Upon our first, he sent out to suppress His nephew's levies; which to him appear'd To be a preparation 'gainst the Polack; But, better look'd into, he truly found It was against your highness; whereat griev'd,— That so his sickness, age, and impotence Was falsely borne in hand,—sends out arrests On Fortinbras; which he, in brief, obeys; Receives rebuke from Norway; and, in fine, Makes vow before his uncle never more To give th' assay of arms against your majesty.
    2.2 — Act 2 Scene 2 — A room in the Castle (12% in)
  • Did you assay him To any pastime?
    3.1 — Act 3 Scene 1 — A room in the Castle (9% in)
  • Make assay: Bow, stubborn knees; and, heart, with strings of steel, Be soft as sinews of the new-born babe!
    3.3 — Act 3 Scene 3 — A room in the Castle (71% in)
  • 'Twere better not assay'd: therefore this project Should have a back or second, that might hold If this did blast in proof.
    4.7 — Act 4 Scene 7 — Another room in the Castle (78% in)

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