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A verse continued, spite of interruptions  

Interruptions are sometimes not allowed to interfere with the completeness of the speaker's verse.

This is natural in dialogue, when the interruption comes from a third person: “Polon. Práy you | be róund | with hím. |
(Ham. [Within] Mother, mother, mother!)
Queen. I'll wár | rant yoú.” Hamlet, iii. 4. 5, 6. Or, when a man is bent on continuing what he has to say: “Ham. Rashly--and that should teach us
There's a divinity that shapes our ends,
Rough-hew them how we will--
(Hor. That's certain.)
Ham. Up from my cabin, &c.” Hamlet, v. 2. 11, 12.Shy. This is (461) kínd | I óffer--
(Bass. This were kindness.)
Shy. This kínd | ness wíll | I shów.” M. of V. i. 3. 143.King R. Rátcliffe-- |
(Rat. My lord.)
King R. The sún | will nót | be séen | to-day.” Rich. III. v. 3. 281.Brutus. Awáy, | slight mán. |
(Cassius. Is't possible?)
Brutus. Héar me, | for I' | will speak.” J. C. iv. 3. 37, 38. Or, when a speaker is pouring forth his words, endeavouring to break through the obstacle of unintelligence, as Kent trying to make himself intelligible to the mad Lear:

Kent. Nó, my | good lórd; | I ám | the vér | y mán-- (Lear. I'll see that straight.) Kent. Thát from | your fírst | of díf | ference ánd | decáy Have fóll | ow'd your | sad stéps, | -- (Lear. You're welcome hither.) Kent. Nor nó | man élse.
i.e. "I and no one else." Then, in despair of making himself understood, Kent continues:
All's cheerless, dark, and deadly.

Sometimes the interlocutor's words, or the speaker's continuation, will complete the line: “Cæsar. So múch | as lánk | ed nót. | (Folio has lank'd.
Lep. 'Tis pít | y óf him.
Cæsar. Lét his | shames quíckly.” A. and C. i. 4. 71.

If there are two interlocutors, sometimes either interlocution will complete the line: “Gent. Than ís | his úse. |
Widow. Lord, hów | we lóse | our páins!
Helena. All's wéll | that énds | well yét.” A. W. v. 1. 24, 25.Bru. Good Márc | ius | hóme | again. |
Sic. The vé | ry tríck on't.
Men. Thís is | unlíkely.” Coriol. iv. 6. 71.

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