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SCENE VI

Another room in the castle.
Enter HORATIO and a Servant.

Hor.
What are they that would speak with me?

Serv.
Sailors, sir: they say they have letters for you.

Hor.
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 Sail.
God bless you, sir.

Hor.
Let him bless thee too.

First Sail.
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.

Hor.
[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.
Come, I will make you way for these your letters;
And do't the speedier, that you may direct me
To him from whom you brought them. [Exeunt.

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