"'How now? A rat?'"

Hamlet is a play by William Shakespeare, set in Denmark. Hamlet, the protagonist, is determined to prove that his uncle, Claudius, murdered his father, the former King.

Act 3, Scene 4 sees Hamlet confronting his mother, Gertrude, in her chamber. Panicked by their quarreling, the Lord Chamberlain, Polonius, who is hidden behind the arras, cries out for help. Mistaking him for his uncle, Hamlet stabs him through the drapery.