Alas, poor Hamlet . . .

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Shakespeare's melancholy Dane, Hamlet, might be in big trouble if he went on trial today for killing Polonius, AP reports from Washington. A mock trial jury at the Supreme Court did not buy lawyers' argument that Hamlet was insane when he stabbed Polonius to death. Hamlet showed classic symptoms of manic depression, said a Harvard psychiatrist, Dr Thomas Guttheil, called as a defence witness. A stable person wouldn't drag Polonius' body away while saying, 'I'll lug the guts into the neighbour room,' he argued.

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