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It has been said of Hamlet that something in his genius renders him superior to decision and incapable of act. His enormous intellectual activity prevents from instant action and the result is delay in irresolution. We know him as one from the way he behaves, not from the things he says he believes. We may not assume, indeed, that he believes what he says. For one thing he is a soul in agitation, his equilibrium has been lost. This glass of fashion and this mod of form, this noble mind whose harmony was once like that of sweet bells rung in tune, his courtier, soldier, scholar whose disposition has hitherto been generous and free from all contriving, this matchless...