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    Act 4. Scene VI

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    SCENE VI. Another room in the castle.

    Enter HORATIO and a Servant
    HORATIO
    What are they that would speak with me?

    Servant
    Sailors, sir: they say they have letters for you.

    HORATIO
    Let them come in.

    Exit Servant

    I do not know from what part of the world
    I should be greeted, if not from Lord Hamlet.

    Enter Sailors

    First Sailor
    God bless you, sir.

    HORATIO
    Let him bless thee too.

    First Sailor
    He shall, sir, an't please him. There's a letter for
    you, sir; it comes from the ambassador that was
    bound for England; if your name be Horatio, as I am
    let to know it is.

    HORATIO
    [Reads] 'Horatio, when thou shalt have overlooked
    this, give these fellows some means to the king:
    they have letters for him. Ere we were two days old
    at sea, a pirate of very warlike appointment gave us
    chase. Finding 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
    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 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 make you way for these your letters;
    And do't the speedier, that you may direct me
    To him from whom you brought them.

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