How can Hamlet say "It is not, nor it cannot come to good" (act 1, scene 2)? Is it prophetic thinking or something else?

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I don't believe this line is necessarily prophetic on Hamlet's part.  In this soliloquy he is lamenting and struggling with the fact that his mother married his uncle within a month of King Hamlet's death.  Unlike his mother, his uncle, and others in the play, Hamlet recognizes that for his mother and uncle to marry so quickly is an unusual and extremely disturbing circumstance.  In this line, Hamlet is simply stating that this marriage is not good, and good can never come from such a union because of the manner in which it came about.

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