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used in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

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cause suffering — such as illness, pain, or unhappiness
  • This is the very ecstasy of love; Whose violent property fordoes itself, And leads the will to desperate undertakings, As oft as any passion under heaven That does afflict our natures.
    2.1 — Act 2 Scene 1 — A room in Polonius's house (88% in)
  • ...More than his father's death, that thus hath put him So much from the understanding of himself, I cannot dream of: I entreat you both That, being of so young days brought up with him, And since so neighbour'd to his youth and humour, That you vouchsafe your rest here in our court Some little time: so by your companies To draw him on to pleasures, and to gather, So much as from occasion you may glean, Whether aught, to us unknown, afflicts him thus, That, open'd, lies within our remedy.
    2.2 — Act 2 Scene 2 — A room in the Castle (3% in)
  • Sweet Gertrude, leave us too; For we have closely sent for Hamlet hither, That he, as 'twere by accident, may here Affront Ophelia: Her father and myself,—lawful espials,— Will so bestow ourselves that, seeing, unseen, We may of their encounter frankly judge; And gather by him, as he is behav'd, If't be the affliction of his love or no That thus he suffers for.
    3.1 — Act 3 Scene 1 — A room in the Castle (19% in)
  • The queen, your mother, in most great affliction of spirit, hath sent me to you.
    3.2 — Act 3 Scene 2 — A hall in the Castle (79% in)
  • Thought and affliction, passion, hell itself, She turns to favour and to prettiness.
    4.5 — Act 4 Scene 5 — Elsinore (A room in the Castle) (87% in)

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