• Enter FORTINBRAS with his army and a CAPTAIN

    FORTINBRAS

    Go, Captain, from me greet the Danish king
    Tell him that, by his license, Fortinbras
    Craves the conveyance of a promised march
    Over his kingdom. You know the rendezvous.
    5If that his majesty would aught with us,
    We shall express our duty in his eye,
    And let him know so.

    CAPTAIN

    I will do ’t, my lord.

    FORTINBRAS

    Go softly on.
    Exeunt all except the CAPTAIN
    Enter HAMLET, ROSENCRANTZ, GUILDENSTERN, and others

    HAMLET

    10Good sir, whose powers are these?

    CAPTAIN

    They are of Norway, sir.

    HAMLET

      How purposed, sir, I pray you?

    CAPTAIN

    Against some part of Poland.

    HAMLET

        Who commands them, sir?

    CAPTAIN

    The nephew to old Norway, Fortinbras.

    HAMLET

    Goes it against the main of Poland, sir,
    15Or for some frontier?
  • FORTINBRAS enters with his army and a CAPTAIN.

    FORTINBRAS

    Go, Captain, and give the Danish king my greetings. Tell him that Fortinbras asks permission to move his troops across Denmark. You know the meeting place we’ve arranged. If His Majesty wants us to do any favor for him, tell him his wish is my command.

    CAPTAIN

    I’ll tell him, my lord.

    FORTINBRAS

    Go ahead, then.
    Everyone except the CAPTAIN exits.
    HAMLET, ROSENCRANTZ, GUILDENSTERN, and others enter.

    HAMLET

    Sir, whose troops are these?

    CAPTAIN

    The king of Norway’s, sir.

    HAMLET

    What are they doing here, sir?

    CAPTAIN

    They’re on their way to invade some part of Poland.

    HAMLET

    Who’s commanding them, sir?

    CAPTAIN

    The nephew of the old king of Norway, Fortinbras.

    HAMLET

    Is he attacking the heartland of Poland or some frontier?