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Which of the following is not a possible implication of Gertrude’s report to Claudius that Hamlet is “Mad as the sea and wind, when both contend which is the mightier…”?
That Gertrude truly believes Hamlet to be mad, disbelieves his allegation of Claudius’s guilt, and wants Claudius to send him away immediately.
That Gertrude believes Hamlet to be mad--although she sees signs of clarity in him as well and wants Claudius to send him away while she processes her thoughts.
That Gertrude believes Hamlet’s allegation of Claudius’s wrongdoing and wishes to keep this knowledge from Claudius to protect Hamlet.
That Gertrude believes Hamlet’s allegation of Claudius’s wrongdoing, but also feels strongly connected to Claudius and is incredulous that he is capable of such villainy.
That Gertrude hasn’t decided yet what she believes, and wants to wait and see if Claudius exhibits any guilty behavior to corroborate Hamlet’s allegation.