The lady protests too much, methinks.
 William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1623). copy citation

Author William Shakespeare
Source Hamlet
Topic honesty sincerity protest
Date 1623
Language English
Note Written between 1599 and 1602


PLAYER QUEEN. Sleep rock thy brain, And never come mischance between us twain. [Exit.]
HAMLET. Madam, how like you this play? QUEEN. The lady protests too much, methinks. HAMLET. O, but she'll keep her word. King. Have you heard the argument? Is there no offence in't?
HAMLET. No, no, they do but jest, poison in jest; no offence i' th' world. King. What do you call the play?” source

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