William Shakespeare's Famous Quotes

"When sorrow comes, they come not single spies..."

What does this quote mean?

In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, at the middle of the play, the Ophelia, a Gentleman, and Horatio leave the Queen and King alone inside the castle. The King starts talking to the Queen about how bad things always seem to be happening, saying in a serious tone, " When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions!" (Act I, Scene 1, Lines 76-77). The King says this because Ophelia's father has been killed and her brother does not want to come back home and stays in France, not acknowledging what is happening to Ophelia. The King also says it to the Queen because her son is gone, writing violent plays. By saying this qoute, the King is meaning whenever something bad has happened or something as made a turn for the worst, things just seem to keeping going bad and things seem to keep going horroible wrong. Problems never come alone, but sometimes in groups and when that happens, people need to keep moving ahead and not let that affect them.