| Quote #10
Too much of water hast thou, poor Ophelia,
Laertes weeps when he learns that his sister, Ophelia, has drowned and he associates his watery tears with the "too much water" Ophelia has inside her. What's fascinating about this passage is the way Laertes associates his grief with effeminacy – he says that as soon as his tears dry up "the woman will be out" of him. This recalls Claudius's earlier remarks that Hamlet's bereavement for his dead father is "unmanly." Compare this passage to 1.2.6 above.