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The lines listed here, Scene by Scene, demonstrate the existence of the Hold Motif in the play, and show its significance. I include in "hold" the ideas of "grip," "seize," "grasp," etc. I comment briefly where it may be necessary. This includes only the more obvious instances of the Motif. There are subtle and implicit instances that would be included in a more thorough presentation.

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Scene 1#028 And will not let belief take hold of him

Scene 1#099 Which he stood seized of, to the conqueror;

Scene 1#112 But to recover of us by strong hand - a strong hand would be for "holding."

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Scene 2#018 Holding a weak supposal of our worth,

Scene 2#048 The hand more instrumental to the mouth, - The hand is used for holding.

Scene 2#139 Possess it, merely, that it should come thus; - To possess is to "hold."

Scene 2#145 Must I remember, why, she should hang on him - To hang on to someone is to hold him.

Scene 2#161 But break my heart, for I must hold my tongue.

Scene 2#233 Hold you the watch tonight?

Scene 2#263 Let it be tenable in your silence, still; - A tenancy is a "holding."

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Scene 4#007 Wherein the spirit held his wont to walk.

Scene 4#088 Hamlet: Hold off your hands!

Scene 4#093 Still am I called; unhand me, gentlemen; - unhand = un-hold.

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