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What Shakespeare play has the line, "Methinks thou dost protest too much"?

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No Shakespearean play contains "Methinks thou dost protect too much," but the misquote from "Hamlet" has passed into common parlance. The line actually reads, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."

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The line is spoken by Queen Gertrude in Act 3, Scene 2 of the classic play by William Shakespeare. Prince Hamlet and Queen Gertrude view a play themselves when he asks the Queen how she likes the performance. In this reply to her son, she references a character in the play who is also a queen. Queen Gertrude communicates to her son that she feels that the queen in the stage show lacks credibility.

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