HORATIO and a
Who are the people who want to speak with me?
Sailors, sir. They say they have letters for you.
I don’t know who else would send me a letter from
abroad except Hamlet.
Hello, sir. God bless you.
May He bless you, too.
He will, sir, if He wants to. There’s a letter for you,
sir. It’s from the ambassador, Lord Hamlet, who was going
to England—if your name’s Horatio, as they
told me it is. (he hands HORATIO
(reading the letter)
When you’ve read this letter, find a way to
let these guys see the king. They have letters for him. Before we
were at sea for even two days, a pirate ship equipped for battle
pursued us. We were too slow to escape, so we were forced to stand
and fight. In the battle that followed I ended up on the pirate
ship. Just then they left our ship behind, so I became the only
prisoner on board. They’ve treated me quite mercifully
for thieves, but they knew what they were doing. They want me to do
a favor for them.