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the lady doth protest too much

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A line from the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, spoken by Gertrude, Hamlet's mother. She is watching a play, and a character in it swears never to remarry if her husband dies. The play is making Hamlet's mother uncomfortable, because she herself remarried almost immediately after the murder of her first husband.

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