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When Claudius tells Hamlet that his persistent mourning is “sweet and commendable,” he goes on to say that Hamlet’s grief is “impious stubbornness and unmanly grief” and exhibits “an understanding simple and unschool’d.”

What tone characterizes this counsel of Claudius to Hamlet?

A

Sympathetic and compassionate.

B

Jocular and irreverent.

C

Insulting and malicious.

D

Insensitive and condescending.

E

Unassuming and self-effacing.

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