What wouldst thou have, Laertes?

from William Shakespeare – Hamlet Act 1 Scene 2 on Rap Genius

Meaning

At this point in the play, Laertes is a bit afraid of the King, and is played as nervous and subservient in this scene. Claudius speaks regally, in an attempt to elicit words from Laertes. This is in strong contrast to Laertes' return from France later in the play, where he attempts to kill Claudius as revenge for Polonius' death.

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