I'm probably asking a classical question which many people asked before not only on this forum But... anyway In the play "Hamlet", there is a line (said by Gertrude about Hamlet during the duel between him and Laertes): He's fat, and scant of breath. Could this line (first of all the word "fat") simply mean that Hamlet's face is just covered with sweat? Or does it definitely indicate that Hamlet was a fat person (meaning his bodily constitution)? Please, don't answer something like "Hamlet couldn't be fat", "I can't imagine a fat Hamlet", and so on. I am only inerested what this very line itself can mean. Is it ambiguous?