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Enter HAMLET
HAMLET enters.

HAMLET
Safely stowed.
HAMLET
The body is safely hidden.

GENTLEMEN
(from within) Hamlet! Lord Hamlet!
GENTLEMEN
(from offstage) Hamlet, Lord Hamlet!


HAMLET
But soft, what noise? Who calls on Hamlet?
Oh, here they come.
HAMLET
What’s that noise? Who’s calling for Hamlet? Oh, here they come.
Enter ROSENCRANTZ, GUILDENSTERN, and others
ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN enter with others.

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

HAMLET
Compounded it with dust, whereto ’tis kin.
HAMLET
I’ve gotten it dirty—ashes to ashes, and dust to dust.


ROSENCRANTZ
Tell us where ’tis, that we may take it thence
And bear it to the chapel.
ROSENCRANTZ
But tell us where it is, so we can take it to the chapel.

HAMLET
Do not believe it.
HAMLET
Don’t believe it.

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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
That I’d take your advice rather than keep my own secret. Besides, you’re a sponge! What is the son of a king supposed to say to a sponge?

ROSENCRANTZ
Take you me for a sponge, my lord?
ROSENCRANTZ
You think I’m a sponge, my lord?

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