• Enter HAMLET

    HAMLET

    Safely stowed.

    GENTLEMEN

    (from within) Hamlet! Lord Hamlet!

    HAMLET

    But soft, what noise? Who calls on Hamlet?
    Oh, here they come.
    Enter ROSENCRANTZ, GUILDENSTERN, and others

    ROSENCRANTZ

    5What 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

    10Believe 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 enters.

    HAMLET

    The body is safely hidden.

    GENTLEMEN

    (from offstage) Hamlet, Lord Hamlet!

    HAMLET

    What’s that noise? Who’s calling for Hamlet? Oh, here they come.
    ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN enter with others.

    ROSENCRANTZ

    What have you done with the corpse, my lord?

    HAMLET

    I’ve gotten it dirty—ashes to ashes, and dust to dust.

    ROSENCRANTZ

    But tell us where it is, so we can take it to the chapel.

    HAMLET

    Don’t believe it.

    ROSENCRANTZ

    Believe what?

    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

    You think I’m a sponge, my lord?