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Act 4, Scene 6


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Enter HORATIO and a SERVANT

HORATIO and a SERVANT enter.

HORATIO
What are they that would speak with me?

HORATIO
Who wants to speak with me?

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

SERVANT
Sailors, sir. They say they have letters for you.

HORATIO
Let them come in.

HORATIO
Bring them in.

Exit SERVANT

SERVANT exits.

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I do not know from what part of the world
I should be greeted, if not from Lord Hamlet.

I don't know who else in the world would send me letters, except Lord Hamlet.

Enter SAILORS

SAILORS enter.

SAILOR
God bless you, sir.

SAILOR
God bless you, sir.

HORATIO
Let him bless thee too.

HORATIO
May he bless you, too.

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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 will, sir, if it pleases him. Here's a letter for you, sir. It's from the ambassador, Lord Hamlet, who was going to England—if your name's Horatio, as I've been told it is. (he hands HORATIO a letter)

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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.

HORATIO
(reading the letter)
"Horatio,
When you've read this, make sure these men see the king. They have letters for him. Before we were at sea for even two days, a pirate ship equipped for battle came after us. Realizing we were too slow to escape, we were forced to fight, and during the battle I boarded the pirate ship. At that moment they disengaged from our ship, making me their sole prisoner. For thieves, they've treated me very mercifully, but they knew what they were doing. They want me to do a favor for them. Give the king the letters I've sent, and come to me as fast as you would run from death. I've got things to tell you that will make you speechless, and they aren't even the most important details. These sailors will bring you to me. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern continue on their way to England. I have a lot to tell you about them. Good-bye.
He that you know is your friend,
Hamlet."
Come, men. I'll show bring you to where you can deliver these letters as quickly as possible, so that you can lead me to the man who sent them.

Exeunt

They exit.

 

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