<() To sleep, perchance to dream> . . . . Yeah, there's a thing that rubs.

park sang joon

Senior Member
Korean
Half immortal, the protagonist is one of Amber's princes. He and his other brother Bleys is attacking Amber to occupy the realm his other brother Eric has ruled.
Now, the protagonist is leading the fleet and his brother Bleys his infantry units to Amber.

I was pleased that I'd lost only a hundred and eight-six ships in that time.
To sleep, perchance to dream . . . . Yeah, there's a thing that rubs. Eric was killing us by inches and hours.
[Nine Princes in Amber" of The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny]
I'd like to know if "It was" is omitted before "to sleep."
Thank you in advance for your help.
 
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  • RM1(SS)

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    English - US (Midwest)
    He's playing on a quote from Shakespeare's Hamlet:

    "To die, to sleep,
    To sleep, perchance to Dream; aye, there's the rub...."


    Cross-posted with Julian.
     

    park sang joon

    Senior Member
    Korean
    Thank you, JulianStuart and RM1(SS), for your so helpful answer. :)
    Then I'd like to know if to-infinitive indicates the conditional 2 here.
     
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