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Quotation by Shakespeare
He repelled, a short tale to make, Fell into a sadness, then into a fast, Thence to a watch, thence into a weakness, Thence to a lightness, and by this declension, Into the madness wherein now he raves.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Polonius, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 147-50.
Inventing the stages of Hamlet's madness; "watch" means inability to sleep.
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