Find two references to disease or decay in act 2?

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Pretending to be mad or insane, Hamlet plays with Polonius, saying to him:

For the satirical rogue says here that old men have gray beards, that their faces are wrinkled, their eyes purging thick amber and plum-tree gum, and that they have a plentiful lack of wit, together with most weak hams—all which, sir, though I most powerfully and potently believe ...

Hamlet's imagery alludes to a satirist who who mocks old age. He describes old age as a time of disease. Old men's eyes are running with mucus, as if they have an eye disease, they are senile or somehow have lost their mental powers, for they lack "wit," and their hams or buttocks are weak. Hamlet says he believes this description, and it may well be true that he does. To him, the whole world seems decaying and diseased because of what he has learned from the ghost.

Later, in trying, a bit satirically, to explain his depression to the courtiers, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern , Hamlet uses the imagery of disease to describe how the sky looks...

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