For this relief much thanks; 'tis bitter cold
And I am sick at heart. - Hamlet (1.1.10), Francisco to Barnardo
Note - Francisco is a minor character in the play, and this is his most significant line. Francisco's lament that he is "sick at heart" acts in concert with Marcellus's "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark" (1.4) to provide an account of a diseased country. Their comments set the gloomy mood of a neglected populace and substantiate Hamlet's suspicions about Claudius's corruption.
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Mabillard, Amanda. Shakespeare Quick Quote: A little more than kin, and less than kindShakespeare Online. 20 Nov. 2009. (date when you accessed the information) < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/quickquotes/quickquotehamletsick.html >.