Wordy Wednesday – “Heart of hearts”


Hello everyone, and welcome to the next Wordy Wednesday! This week’s theme is “heart of hearts” from Hamlet. Roll the clip!

“and blest are those
Whose blood and judgment are so well commingled
That they are not a pipe for Fortune’s finger
To sound what stop she please. Give me that man
That is not passion’s slave, and I will wear him
In my heart’s core, ay, in my heart of heart,
As I do thee.”

 Hamlet, III.ii

In this scene Hamlet has finally orchestrated a trap that, in his view, will leave no doubt as to his uncle Claudius’ guilt in the untimely death of his (Hamlet’s) father. For those of you who have studied Hamlet, you will remember that this trap was a play in which a jealous brother resorts to murder in order to claim the rightful place, and wife of his elder brother. Guilt stricken at watching a performance of the very acts he himself committed, Claudius leaves the audience, confirming Hamlet’s suspicions.

  In this particular quote, Hamlet is complimenting his level-headed friend Horatio for his ability to remain objective. Hamlet even goes so far as to say that Horatio is in his “heart’s core” or his “heart of heart.”  Now according to the free dictionary (a great source, I know) to be in one’s “Heart of Hearts” is to be “In the seat of one’s truest feelings.” In other words, Hamlet trusts Horatio so completely that he is willing to share with him all his secrets and, more importantly, his dark suspicions.

Do you find there is someone you can trust completely, dear readers?

By Johnathan C.