Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter FORTINBRAS with his army and a CAPTAIN
FORTINBRAS enters with his army and a CAPTAIN.

FORTINBRAS

Go, Captain, from me greet the Danish king
Tell him that, by his license, Fortinbras
Craves the conveyance of a promised march
Over his kingdom. You know the rendezvous.
5If that his majesty would aught with us,
We shall express our duty in his eye,
And let him know so.

FORTINBRAS

Go, Captain, and give the Danish king my greetings. Tell him that Fortinbras asks permission to move his troops across Denmark. You know the meeting place we’ve arranged. If His Majesty wants us to do any favor for him, tell him his wish is my command.

CAPTAIN

I will do ’t, my lord.

CAPTAIN

I’ll tell him, my lord.

FORTINBRAS

Go softly on.

FORTINBRAS

Go ahead, then.
Exeunt all except the CAPTAIN
Everyone except the CAPTAIN exits.
Enter HAMLET, ROSENCRANTZ, GUILDENSTERN, and others
HAMLET, ROSENCRANTZ, GUILDENSTERN, and others enter.

HAMLET

10Good sir, whose powers are these?

HAMLET

Sir, whose troops are these?

CAPTAIN

They are of Norway, sir.

CAPTAIN

The king of Norway’s, sir.

HAMLET

  How purposed, sir, I pray you?

HAMLET

What are they doing here, sir?

CAPTAIN

Against some part of Poland.

CAPTAIN

They’re on their way to invade some part of Poland.

HAMLET

    Who commands them, sir?

HAMLET

Who’s commanding them, sir?

CAPTAIN

The nephew to old Norway, Fortinbras.

CAPTAIN

The nephew of the old king of Norway, Fortinbras.

HAMLET

Goes it against the main of Poland, sir,
15Or for some frontier?

HAMLET

Is he attacking the heartland of Poland or some frontier?