Philological Examination Questions on Hamlet
Question: What is the meaning of, "The clown shall make those laugh,
whose lungs are tickle o' the sere"?
Answer: "The clown shall makes those laugh whose lungs are tickle o' the sere." The seare, or sere, was part of or attached to the trigger of old matchlock guns, so arranged that the slightest movement would make the gun discharge. Lungs, then, "tickle
o' the sere," are those easily excited to laughter.
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