Hamlet


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Horatio and a Gentleman


HORATIO

What are they that would speak with me?


GENTLEMAN

Seafaring men, sir. They say they have

letters for you.


HORATIO

Let them come in.

Exit the Gentleman

I do not know from what part of the world

I should be greeted if not from Lord Hamlet.
greet (v.) 1 address, offer a salutation, acknowledge in words

Enter Sailors


SAILOR

God bless you, sir.


HORATIO

Let him bless thee, too.


SAILOR

'A shall, sir, an't please him. There's a letter for

you, sir – it comes from th' ambassador that was bound

for England – if your name be Horatio, as I am let to

know it is.


HORATIO

(reads the letter) Horatio, when thou shalt have

overlooked this, give these fellows some means to the King.
mean (n.) 7 means of access, passage
overlook (v.) 1 look over, peruse, read through

They have letters for him. Ere we were two days old at sea,

a pirate of very warlike appointment gave us chase. Finding
appointment (n.) 1 equipment, effects, weaponry
pirate (n.) 2 pirate-ship

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
repair (v.) 1 come, go, make one's way

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
bore (n.) 3 calibre, size [of a gun]
light (adj.) 4 minor, slight, of little value

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 give 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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