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Hamlet

by William Shakespeare

Act 4, Scene 6 Easiest-to-Read Edition

 

 

 

Hamlet Act 4, Scene 6



Another Room in the Castle

Hamlet Act 4 Scene 6

 

 

 

Enter HORATIO and a SERVANT

Enter HORATIO and a SERVANT

HORATIO

What are they that would speak with me?

 

HORATIO

What are they that would speak with me?

 

SERVANT

Seafaring men, sir. They say they have letters for you.

 

SERVANT

Seafaring men, sir. They say they have letters for you.

 

HORATIO

Let them come in.

 

HORATIO

Let them come in.

 

Exit SERVANT

Exit SERVANT

I do not know from what part of the world

I should be greeted, if not from Lord Hamlet.

 

I do not know from what part of the world

I should be greeted, if not from Lord Hamlet.

 

Enter SAILOR

Enter SAILOR

SAILOR

God bless you, sir.

 

SAILOR

God bless you, sir.

 

HORATIO

Let him bless thee too.

 

HORATIO

Let him bless thee too.

 

SAILOR

He shall, sir, an ’t please Him. There’s a letter for you, sir— it comes from the ambassador that was bound for England—if your name be Horatio, as I am let to know it is. (gives HORATIO a letter)

 

SAILOR

He shall, sir, an ’t please Him. There’s a letter for you, sir— it comes from the ambassador that was bound for England—if your name be Horatio, as I am let to know it is. (gives HORATIO a letter)

 

HORATIO

(reads)

“Horatio,

 When thou shalt have overlooked (looked over) this, give these fellows some means (means of conveyance) to the king. They have letters for him. Ere we were two days old at sea, a pirate of very warlike appointment gave us chase. Finding ourselves too slow of sail, we put on a compelled valor, and in the grapple I boarded them. On the instant, they got clear of our ship, so I alone became their prisoner. They have dealt with me like thieves of mercy, but they knew what they did; I am to do a good turn for them. Let the king have the letters I have sent, and repair thou to me with as much speed as thou wouldst fly death. I have words to speak in thine ear will make thee dumb, yet are they much too light for the bore (caliber) of the matter. These good fellows will bring thee where I am. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern hold their course for England. Of them I have much to tell thee. Fare-well.

    He that thou knowest thine,

      Hamlet.”

Come, I will give you way (make way) for these your letters, And do ’t the speedier, that you may direct me To him from whom you brought them.

 

HORATIO

(reads)

“Horatio,

 When thou shalt have overlooked this, give these fellows some means to the king. They have letters for him. Ere we were two days old at sea, a pirate of very warlike appointment gave us chase. Finding ourselves too slow of sail, we put on a compelled valor, and in the grapple I boarded them. On the instant, they got clear of our ship, so I alone became their prisoner. They have dealt with me like thieves of mercy, but they knew what they did; I am to do a good turn for them. Let the king have the letters I have sent, and repair thou to me with as much speed as thou wouldst fly death. I have words to speak in thine ear will make thee dumb, yet are they much too light for the bore of the matter. These good fellows will bring thee where I am. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern hold their course for England. Of them I have much to tell thee. Fare-well.

    He that thou knowest thine,

      Hamlet.”

Come, I will give you way for these your letters, And do ’t the speedier, that you may direct me To him from whom you brought them.

 

 

Exeunt

Exeunt

 

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