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Hamlet

SCENE II. Another room in the castle
Enter HAMLET
HAMLET
Safely stowed.
ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN:
[Within] Hamlet! Lord Hamlet!
HAMLET
What noise? who calls on Hamlet?
O, here they come.
Enter ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN
ROSENCRANTZ
What have you done, my lord, with the dead body?
HAMLET
Compounded it with dust, whereto 'tis kin.
ROSENCRANTZ
Tell us where 'tis, that we may take it thence
And bear it to the chapel.
HAMLET
Do not believe it.
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?
ROSENCRANTZ
Take you me for a sponge, my lord?
HAMLET
Ay, sir, that soaks up the king's countenance, his rewards, his authorities. But such
officers do the king best service in the end: he keeps them, like an ape, in the corner of
his jaw; first mouthed, to be last swallowed: when he needs what you have gleaned, it is
but squeezing you, and, sponge, you shall be dry again.
 
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