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Hamlet

by William Shakespeare

Act 4, Scene 2 Easiest-to-Read Edition

 

 

 



Hamlet Act 4, Scene 2



A Room in the Castle

Hamlet Act 4 Scene 2 Easiest-to-Read Edition

 

Act 4 Scene 2 Easiest-to-Read Edition

Enter HAMLET

Enter HAMLET

HAMLET

Safely stowed.

 

HAMLET

Safely stowed.

 

GENTLEMEN

(from within) Hamlet! Lord Hamlet!

 

GENTLEMEN

(from within) Hamlet! Lord Hamlet!

 

HAMLET

But soft, what noise? Who calls on Hamlet?

Oh, here they come.

 

HAMLET

But soft, what noise? Who calls on Hamlet?

Oh, here they come.

 

Enter ROSENCRANTZ, GUILDENSTERN, and others

Enter ROSENCRANTZ, GUILDENSTERN, and others

ROSENCRANTZ

What have you done, my lord, with the dead body?

 

ROSENCRANTZ

What have you done, my lord, with the dead body?

 

HAMLET

Compounded it with dust, whereto ’tis kin.

 

HAMLET

Compounded it with dust, whereto ’tis kin.

 

ROSENCRANTZ

Tell us where ’tis, that we may take it thence

And bear it to the chapel.

 

ROSENCRANTZ

Tell us where ’tis, that we may take it thence

And bear it to the chapel.

 

HAMLET

Do not believe it.

 

HAMLET

Do not believe it.

 

ROSENCRANTZ

Believe what?

 

ROSENCRANTZ

Believe what?

 

HAMLET

That I can keep your counsel and not mine own. Besides, to be demanded of (questioned by) a sponge! What replication (reply) should be made by the son of a king?

 

HAMLET

That I can keep your counsel and not mine own. Besides, to be demanded of a sponge! What replication should be made by the son of a king?

 

ROSENCRANTZ

Take you me for a sponge, my lord?

 

ROSENCRANTZ

Take you me for a sponge, my lord?

 

HAMLET

Ay, sir, that soaks up the king’s countenance (approval), his rewards, his authorities (powers). But such officers do the king best service in the end. He keeps them, like an ape, in the corner of his jaw, first mouthed to be last swallowed. When he needs what you have gleaned, it is but squeezing you and, sponge, you shall be dry again.

 

HAMLET

Ay, sir, that soaks up the king’s countenance, his rewards, his authorities. But such officers do the king best service in the end. He keeps them, like an ape, in the corner of his jaw, first mouthed to be last swallowed. When he needs what you have gleaned, it is but squeezing you and, sponge, you shall be dry again.

 

ROSENCRANTZ

I understand you not, my lord.

 

ROSENCRANTZ

I understand you not, my lord.

 

HAMLET

I am glad of it. A knavish speech (sly words) sleeps (is not understood) in a foolish ear.

 

HAMLET

I am glad of it. A knavish speech sleeps in a foolish ear.

 

ROSENCRANTZ

My lord, you must tell us where the body is and go with us to the king.

 

ROSENCRANTZ

My lord, you must tell us where the body is and go with us to the king.

 

HAMLET

The body is with the king, but the king is not with the body.

The king is a thing—

(Hamlet speaks gibberish)

 

HAMLET

The body is with the king, but the king is not with the body.

The king is a thing—

 

GUILDENSTERN

A thing, my lord?

 

GUILDENSTERN

A thing, my lord?

 

HAMLET

Of nothing. Bring me to him. Hide, fox, and all after.

 

HAMLET

Of nothing. Bring me to him. Hide, fox, and all after.

 

Exeunt

Exeunt

 

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