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Hamlet

Hamlet Translation Act 4, Scene 2

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HAMLET enters.

HAMLET

Safely stowed.

HAMLET

Safely hidden.

GENTLEMEN

[from within] Hamlet! Lord Hamlet!

GENTLEMEN

[Offstage] Hamlet, Lord Hamlet!

HAMLET

But soft, what noise? Who calls on Hamlet?Oh, here they come.

HAMLET

But wait, what’s that noise? Who’s calling for Hamlet? Oh, here they come.

ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN enter with others.

ROSENCRANTZ

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

ROSENCRANTZ

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

HAMLET

Compounded it with dust, whereto ’tis kin.

HAMLET

Gotten it dirty—ashes to ashes, and dust to dust.

ROSENCRANTZ

Tell us where ’tis, that we may take it thenceAnd bear it to the chapel.

ROSENCRANTZ

Tell us where it is, so we can take it to the chapel.

HAMLET

Do not believe it.

HAMLET

Don’t believe it.

ROSENCRANTZ

Believe what?

ROSENCRANTZ

Believe what?

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?

HAMLET

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ROSENCRANTZ

Take you me for a sponge, my lord?

ROSENCRANTZ

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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.

HAMLET

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ROSENCRANTZ

I understand you not, my lord.

ROSENCRANTZ

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HAMLET

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

HAMLET

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ROSENCRANTZ

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

ROSENCRANTZ

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HAMLET

The body is with the king, but the king is not with thebody.The king is a thing—

HAMLET

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GUILDENSTERN

A thing, my lord?

GUILDENSTERN

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HAMLET

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

HAMLET

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They exit.

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About the Translator: Ben Florman

Ben is a co-founder of LitCharts. He holds a BA in English Literature from Harvard University, where as an undergraduate he won the Winthrop Sargent prize for best undergraduate paper on a topic related to Shakespeare.