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As Vulcan’s stithy. Give him heedful note.
For I mine eyes will rivet to his face,
And after we will both our judgments join
In censure of his seeming.
Watch him closely. I’ll stare at him too, and afterward we’ll compare notes on him.



HORATIO
    Well, my lord.
If he steal aught the whilst this play is playing,
And ’scape detecting, I will pay the theft.
HORATIO
My lord, I’ll watch him as closely as I would a thief. I won’t miss a trick.
Danish march. Sound a flourish. Enter King CLAUDIUS, Queen GERTRUDE, POLONIUS, OPHELIA, ROSENCRANTZ, GUILDENSTERN and other lords attendant with CLAUDIUS’s; guard carrying torches
Trumpets play. CLAUDIUS enters with GERTRUDE, POLONIUS, OPHELIA, ROSENCRANTZ, GUILDENSTERN, and other lords attendant with CLAUDIUS ’s guard carrying torches.


HAMLET
They are coming to the play. I must be idle.
Get you a place.
HAMLET
They’re coming. I can’t talk now. Take your seat.

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CLAUDIUS
How fares our cousin Hamlet?
CLAUDIUS
So how’s my nephew Hamlet doing?

HAMLET
Excellent, i' faith, of the chameleon’s dish. I eat the air, promise-crammed. You cannot feed capons so.
HAMLET
Wonderful! I eat the air, like chameleons do. I’m positively stuffed with air, I eat so much of it.

CLAUDIUS
I have nothing with this answer, Hamlet. These words are not mine.
CLAUDIUS
I have no idea what you’re talking about, Hamlet. You’re not answering my question.

HAMLET
No, nor mine now. (to POLONIUS) My lord, you played once i' th' university, you say?
HAMLET
Mine, neither. (to POLONIUS) My lord, you performed in amateur dramatic productions in college, right?

POLONIUS
That did I, my lord, and was accounted a good actor.
POLONIUS
Indeed I did, my lord. I was considered to be quite a good actor.

HAMLET
What did you enact?
HAMLET
What role did you play?

POLONIUS
I did enact Julius Caesar. I was killed i' th' Capitol. Brutus killed me.
POLONIUS
I played Julius Caesar. I was killed in the Capitol. Brutus killed me.

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