Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 2

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HORATIO

You might have rhymed.

HORATIO

HAMLET

O good Horatio, I’ll take the ghost’s word for a thousand pound. Didst perceive?

HAMLET

Oh, Horatio, I’ll bet you a thousand bucks the ghost was right. Did you notice?

HORATIO

Very well, my lord.

HORATIO

Yes, I did, my lord.

HAMLET

Upon the talk of the poisoning?

HAMLET

When the actors were talking about poison?

HORATIO

I did very well note him.

HORATIO

I watched him very closely.

HAMLET

265Ah ha! Come, some music! Come, the recorders!
  For if the king like not the comedy,
  Why then, belike, he likes it not, perdy.
Come, some music!

HAMLET

Ah ha! Hey, let’s have some music here! Play your flutes!
For if the king doesn’t like the play,
Then he doesn’t like it, we may say.
Come on, music!
Enter ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN
ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN enter.

GUILDENSTERN

Good my lord, vouchsafe me a word with you.

GUILDENSTERN

My lord, could I have a word with you?

HAMLET

Sir, a whole history.

HAMLET

You can have a whole story, not just a word.

GUILDENSTERN

The king, sir—

GUILDENSTERN

Sir, the king—

HAMLET

270Ay, sir, what of him?

HAMLET

Yes, what about him?

GUILDENSTERN

Is in his retirement marvelous distempered.

GUILDENSTERN

He’s in his chambers now, and he’s extremely upset.