Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 2

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As Vulcan’s stithy. Give him heedful note.
For I mine eyes will rivet to his face,
And after we will both our judgments join
80In censure of his seeming.
Watch him closely. I’ll stare at him too, and afterward we’ll compare notes on him.

HORATIO

    Well, my lord.
If he steal aught the whilst this play is playing,
And ’scape detecting, I will pay the theft.

HORATIO

My lord, I’ll watch him as closely as I would a thief. I won’t miss a trick.
Danish march. Sound a flourish. Enter King CLAUDIUS, Queen GERTRUDE, POLONIUS, OPHELIA, ROSENCRANTZ, GUILDENSTERN and other lords attendant with CLAUDIUS’s; guard carrying torches
Trumpets play. CLAUDIUS enters with GERTRUDE, POLONIUS, OPHELIA, ROSENCRANTZ, GUILDENSTERN, and other lords attendant with CLAUDIUS ’s guard carrying torches.

HAMLET

They are coming to the play. I must be idle.
Get you a place.

HAMLET

They’re coming. I can’t talk now. Take your seat.

CLAUDIUS

85How fares our cousin Hamlet?

CLAUDIUS

So how’s my nephew Hamlet doing?

HAMLET

Excellent, i' faith, of the chameleon’s dish. I eat the air, promise-crammed. You cannot feed capons so.

HAMLET

Wonderful! I eat the air, like chameleons do. I’m positively stuffed with air, I eat so much of it.

CLAUDIUS

I have nothing with this answer, Hamlet. These words are not mine.

CLAUDIUS

I have no idea what you’re talking about, Hamlet. You’re not answering my question.

HAMLET

No, nor mine now. (to POLONIUS) My lord, you played once i' th' university, you say?

HAMLET

Mine, neither. (to POLONIUS) My lord, you performed in amateur dramatic productions in college, right?

POLONIUS

That did I, my lord, and was accounted a good actor.

POLONIUS

Indeed I did, my lord. I was considered to be quite a good actor.

HAMLET

What did you enact?

HAMLET

What role did you play?

POLONIUS

I did enact Julius Caesar. I was killed i' th' Capitol. Brutus killed me.

POLONIUS

I played Julius Caesar. I was killed in the Capitol. Brutus killed me.