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HAMLET
No such matter. I will not sort you with the rest of my servants, for, to speak to you like an honest man, I am most dreadfully attended. But in the beaten way of friendship, what make you at Elsinore?
HAMLET
No, no, I won’t class you with my servants, since—to be frank with you—my servants are terrible. But tell me as my friends, what are you doing here at Elsinore?
ROSENCRANTZ
To visit you, my lord, no other occasion.
ROSENCRANTZ
Visiting you, my lord. There’s no other reason.
HAMLET
Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks; but I thank you, and sure, dear friends, my thanks are too dear a halfpenny. Were you not sent for? Is it your own inclining? Is it a free visitation? Come, come, deal justly with me. Come, come. Nay, speak.
HAMLET
Well, then, I thank you, though I’m such a beggar that even my thanks are not worth much. Did someone tell you to visit me? Or was it just your whim, on your own initiative? Come on, tell me the truth.
GUILDENSTERN
What should we say, my lord?
GUILDENSTERN
What should we say, my lord?
HAMLET
Why, any thing, but to th' purpose. You were sent for, and there is a kind of confession in your looks which your modesties have not craft enough to color. I know the good king and queen have sent for you.
HAMLET
Anything you like, as long as it answers my question. You were sent for. You’ve got a guilty look on your faces, which you’re too honest to disguise. I know the king and queen sent for you.
ROSENCRANTZ
To what end, my lord?
ROSENCRANTZ
Why would they do that, my lord?
HAMLET
That you must teach me. But let me conjure you, by the rights of our fellowship, by the consonancy of our youth, by the obligation of our ever-preserved love, and by what more dear a better proposer could charge you withal: be even and direct with me whether you were sent for or no.
HAMLET
That’s what I want you to tell me. Let me remind you of our old friendship, our youth spent together, the duties of our love for each other, and whatever else will make you answer me straight.
ROSENCRANTZ
(to GUILDENSTERN) What say you?
ROSENCRANTZ
(to GUILDENSTERN) What do you think?
HAMLET
(aside) Nay, then, I have an eye of you—If you love me, hold not off.
HAMLET
(to himself) I’ve got my eye on you. (to GUILDENSTERN) If you care about me, you’ll be honest with me.
GUILDENSTERN
My lord, we were sent for.
GUILDENSTERN
My lord, we were sent for.