Does Gertrude tell Claudius the truth about what happened between her and Hamlet? Is she following Hamlet's advice at the end of 3.4?

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In act IV, scene 1, Gertrude and Polonius have a private conference about what Hamlet has done in killing Polonius. Here, Gertrude does keep her promise to Hamlet not to reveal the content of his conversation to her husband. She knows, however, that she has to provide some explanation for Hamlet's conduct in murdering Polonius, and therefore, she concentrates on Hamlet's "madness," which, to her mind, was evident when he started crying out and talking about seeing a ghost. She says to Claudius:
Mad as the sea and wind when both contend
Which is the mightier. In his lawless fit,
Behind the arras hearing something stir,
Whips out his rapier, cries, “A rat, a rat!”
And in this brainish apprehension kills
The unseen good old man
She does her best to cover for Hamlet and blames his murdering solely on his being out...

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