Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 2

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OPHELIA

Belike this show imports the argument of the play.

OPHELIA

This pantomime was probably a summary of the play.
Enter PROLOGUE
The PROLOGUE—the actor who will introduce the play—enters.

HAMLET

We shall know by this fellow. The players cannot keep counsel. They’ll tell all.

HAMLET

This guy will tell us everything. Actors can’t keep a secret. They’ll tell all.

OPHELIA

Will he tell us what this show meant?

OPHELIA

Will he tell us what that pantomime meant?

HAMLET

Ay, or any show that you will show him. Be not you ashamed to show, he’ll not shame to tell you what it means.

HAMLET

Sure, or anything else you show him. As long as you aren’t ashamed to show it, he won’t be ashamed to tell you what it means.

OPHELIA

135You are naught, you are naught. I’ll mark the play.

OPHELIA

You’re naughty. I’m watching the play.

PROLOGUE

For us and for our tragedy,
Here stooping to your clemency,
We beg your hearing patiently.

PROLOGUE

We beg you most courteously
To be patient with us
And watch our humble tragedy.
Exit PROLOGUE
The PROLOGUE exits.

HAMLET

Is this a prologue or the posy of a ring?

HAMLET

Was that the prologue or the inscription on some wedding ring?

OPHELIA

140'Tis brief, my lord.

OPHELIA

It was a bit short, my lord.

HAMLET

As woman’s love.

HAMLET

Yes, as short as a woman’s love.
Enter PLAYER KING and PLAYER QUEEN
Actors playing the roles of KING and QUEEN enter.