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SCENE VI. Another room in the castle
Enter HORATIO and a Servant
What are they that would speak with me?
Sailors, sir: they say they have letters for you.
Let them come in.
Exit Servant
I do not know from what part of the world
I should be greeted, if not from Lord Hamlet.
Enter Sailors
First Sailor
God bless you, sir.
Let him bless thee too.
First 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.
[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 valour, 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. Farewell.
'He that thou knowest thine, HAMLET.'