Act IV, Scene 2
Elsinore. Another room in Elsinore castle.
- Enter Hamlet.
- Safely stow’d.
- Hamlet! Lord Hamlet!
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- But soft, what noise? Who calls on Hamlet? O, here they
- Enter Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
- What have you done, my lord, with the dead body?
- Compounded it with dust, whereto ’tis kin.
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- Tell us where ’tis, that we may take it thence,
- And bear it to the chapel.
- Do not believe it.
- Believe what?
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- 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?
- Take you me for a sponge, my lord?
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- 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 an apple, in the
- corner of his jaw, first mouth’d, to be last swallow’d. When
- he needs what you have glean’d, it is but squeezing you,
- and, sponge, you shall be dry again.
- I understand you not, my lord.
- I am glad of it, a knavish speech sleeps in a foolish ear.
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- My lord, you must tell us where the body is, and go with us
- to the king.
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- The body is with the King, but the King is not with the
- body. The King is a thing—
- A thing, my lord?
- Of nothing, bring me to him. Hide fox, and all after.