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Quotation by Shakespeare
Claudius. But now, my cousin Hamlet, and my son—
Hamlet. [Aside] A little more than kin, and less than kind.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudius and Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 2, l. 64-5.
"Cousin" means kinsman, here a nephew; Hamlet is more closely related than a nephew, since his uncle has married his mother, yet less close than a son, and not well disposed to Claudius.
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