O incerto Señor Don Hamlet príncipe de Dinamarca, by Álvaro Cunqueiro

SCENE IV


King Halmar, who was hidden, enters the stage

Halmar
No!

Hamlet
yes, it must go on, King Halmar. See how he is at the foot of the bed, that he is a strong man, a great fornicator, a boar. Quick, you night creeper! Get on top of the girl! The King, her fiancé, is hunting blue ducks! Touch her tits!

Halmar
Hamlet, I tell you it was not like that. My words were different. I was second in line in the Royal Household. They said I would be good as a soldier. Get up, Colombina! They sent me to get tired at the borders, with a bit of luck, I could die from an arrow in an ambush. There would be masses celebrated in Elsinor. They would hang out a black cloth that would stretch from ramparts of Boutre Tower to the waves on the sea. And I would silently rot away beneath a flagstone in the Royal Chamber. Do not cry, Colombina!

Hamlet
Halmar! We were not talking about you!

Halmar
I am talking about myself and about others. I would come back tired and drunk. I was never tired of sleeping. When I woke up I knew that I had to saddle the horse and go out, spear in hand, to the battle. Say things as they are. Say fear. And I confessed to her. Sweet little sister. Colombina, come to me, put your hand on the nape of the King of Denmark. Listen to how my heart beats. I confessed to her. I could have died the next day. “Don´t go like this!” she said to me. That was all. No-one asked, no-one forced themselves. I tell you that I made you, Hamlet, with love; and afterwards I cried. It was as if it were something normal. She played with me.


During the 20th century, Galician literature gained importance a little at a time and all literary genres were nurtured. Alvaro Cunqueiro, author of this fragment from the play O incerto señor Don Hamlet, Principe de Dinamarca (The Insecure Lord Hamlet, Prince of Denmark) from 1958, was a very popular writer in Galicia and in the rest of Spain, and was author of an extensive narrative and journalistic work.


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