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Hamlet

Hamlet Translation Act 4, Scene 3

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CLAUDIUS enters with two or three attendants.

CLAUDIUS

I have sent to seek him and to find the body. How dangerous is it that this man goes loose! Yet must not we put the strong law on him. He’s loved of the distracted multitude, Who like not in their judgment, but their eyes. And where ’tis so, th’ offender’s scourge is weighed, But never the offense. To bear all smooth and even, This sudden sending him away must seem Deliberate pause. Diseases desperate grown By desperate appliance are relieved, Or not at all.

CLAUDIUS

I’ve sent men to find Hamlet and the body. How dangerous it is to have this madman on the loose! But we can’t just use the strong arm of the law on him. He’s loved by the masses, who base their feelings on appearances instead of using good judgment. They’ll focus on the punishment, not the crime. So, sending him away suddenly must seem like it was long-planned and carefully considered move. Curing a fatal disease requires immediate treatment, or you won’t cure it at all.

ROSENCRANTZ enters.

CLAUDIUS

How now, what hath befall’n?

CLAUDIUS

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ROSENCRANTZ

Where the dead body is bestowed, my lord,We cannot get from him.

ROSENCRANTZ

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CLAUDIUS

But where is he?

CLAUDIUS

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ROSENCRANTZ

Without, my lord; guarded, to know your pleasure.

ROSENCRANTZ

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CLAUDIUS

Bring him before us.

CLAUDIUS

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ROSENCRANTZ

Ho, Guildenstern! Bring in my lord.

ROSENCRANTZ

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GUILDENSTERN enters with HAMLET.

CLAUDIUS

Now, Hamlet, where’s Polonius?

CLAUDIUS

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HAMLET

At supper.

HAMLET

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CLAUDIUS

At supper where?

CLAUDIUS

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HAMLET

Not where he eats, but where he is eaten. A certain convocation of politic worms are e’en at him. Your worm is your only emperor for diet. We fat all creatures elseto fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots. Your fat king and your lean beggar is but variable service—two dishes, but to one table. That’s the end.

HAMLET

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CLAUDIUS

Alas, alas!

CLAUDIUS

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HAMLET

A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.

HAMLET

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CLAUDIUS

What dost you mean by this?

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HAMLET

Nothing but to show you how a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar.

HAMLET

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CLAUDIUS

Where is Polonius?

CLAUDIUS

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HAMLET

In heaven. Send hither to see. If your messenger find him not there, seek him i’ th’ other place yourself. Butif indeed you find him not within this month, you shallnose him as you go up the stairs into the lobby.

HAMLET

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CLAUDIUS

[to attendants] Go seek him there.

CLAUDIUS

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Some attendants exit.

HAMLET

He will stay till ye come.

HAMLET

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CLAUDIUS

Hamlet, this deed, for thine especial safety— Which we do tender as we dearly grieve For that which thou hast done—must send thee hence With fiery quickness. Therefore prepare thyself. The bark is ready and the wind at help, Th’ associates tend, and everything is bent For England.

CLAUDIUS

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HAMLET

For England?

HAMLET

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CLAUDIUS

Ay, Hamlet.

CLAUDIUS

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HAMLET

Good.

HAMLET

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CLAUDIUS

So is it, if thou knew’st our purposes.

CLAUDIUS

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HAMLET

I see a cherub that sees them. But come, for England.Farewell, dear mother.

HAMLET

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CLAUDIUS

Thy loving father, Hamlet.

CLAUDIUS

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HAMLET

My mother. Father and mother is man and wife, man and wife is one flesh, and so, my mother.—Come, for England!

HAMLET

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HAMLET exits.

CLAUDIUS

Follow him at foot. Tempt him with speed aboard. Delay it not. I’ll have him hence tonight. Away! For everything is sealed and done That else leans on the affair. Pray you, make haste.

CLAUDIUS

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Everyone except CLAUDIUS exits.

CLAUDIUS

And, England, if my love thou hold’st at aught— As my great power thereof may give thee sense, Since yet thy cicatrice looks raw and red After the Danish sword and thy free awe Pays homage to us thou mayst not coldly set Our sovereign process, which imports at full, By letters congruing to that effect, The present death of Hamlet. Do it, England, For like the hectic in my blood he rages, And thou must cure me. Till I know ’tis done, Howe’er my haps, my joys were ne’er begun.

CLAUDIUS

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CLAUDIUS exits.

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