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ACT IV - SCENE II. Another room in the castle.
Enter HAMLET

HAMLET
1    Safely stowed.
ROSENCRANTZ
Within
2     Hamlet! Lord Hamlet!
HAMLET
3    What noise? who calls on Hamlet?
4    O, here they come.
Enter ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN

ROSENCRANTZ
5    What have you done, my lord, with the dead body?
HAMLET
6    Compounded it with dust, whereto 'tis kin.
ROSENCRANTZ
7    Tell us where 'tis, that we may take it thence
8    And bear it to the chapel.
HAMLET
9    Do not believe it.
ROSENCRANTZ
10   Believe what?
HAMLET
11   That I can keep your counsel and not mine own.
12   Besides, to be demanded of a sponge! what
13   replication should be made by the son of a king?
ROSENCRANTZ
14   Take you me for a sponge, my lord?
HAMLET
15   Ay, sir, that soaks up the king's countenance, his
16   rewards, his authorities. But such officers do the
17   king best service in the end: he keeps them, like
18   an ape, in the corner of his jaw; first mouthed, to
19   be last swallowed: when he needs what you have
20   gleaned, it is but squeezing you, and, sponge, you
21   shall be dry again.
ROSENCRANTZ
22   I understand you not, my lord.
HAMLET
23   I am glad of it: a knavish speech sleeps in a
24   foolish ear.
ROSENCRANTZ
25   My lord, you must tell us where the body is, and go
26   with us to the king.
HAMLET
27   The body is with the king, but the king is not with
28   the body. The king is a thing--
GUILDENSTERN
29   A thing, my lord!
HAMLET
30   Of nothing: bring me to him. Hide fox, and all after.
Exeunt

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II

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