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keeps them, like an ape, in the corner of his jaw; first mouthed, to be last swallowed: When he needs what you have gleaned, it is but squeezing you, and, sponge, you shall be dry again.
Ros. I understand you not, my lord.
Ham. I am glad of it: A knavish speech sleeps in a foolish ear.
Ros. My lord, you must tell us where the body is, and go with us to the king.
HAM. The body is with the king, but the king is not with the body. The king is a thing
Guil. A thing, my lord ?
HAM. Of nothing : bring me to him. Hide fox, and all after. (10)
Another Room in the same.
Enter King, attended.
King. I have sent to seek him, and to find the
body. How dangerous is it, that this man goes loose ? Yet must not we put the strong law on him :
The body is with the king, but the king is not with the body] This may mean, " the king is not yet cut off from life and sovereignty: his carkass remains to the king; but the king is not with the body or carkass, that you seek: the king is not with Polonius."
But Hamlet, whose meaning is, not merely to baffle these persons (not intitled to approach and question him with so little respect), but also to make allusions to matters, of which be could not, with prudence or safety to himself, speak openly, returns answers necessarily enigmatical.
He's lov'd of the distracted multitude,
neerer, 1623, 32.
Or not at all. How now? what hath befallen?
Ros. Where the dead body is bestowed, my lord,
But where is he?
Enter HAMLET and GUILDENSTERN.
KING. Now, Hamlet, where's Polonius ?
HAM. Not where he eats, but where he is eaten : a certain convocation of politick worms are e'en at him. Your worm is your only emperor for diet : we fat all creatures else, to fat us; and we fat our. selves for maggots: Your fat king, and your lean beggar, is but variable service; two dishes, but to one table; that's the end.
• Where--the offender's scourge is weigh'd,
But never the offence] When an offender is popular, the people never consider what his crime was, but they scrutinize his punishment.
(King. Alas, alas !
HAM. A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king; and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.]
King. What dost thou mean by this ?
Ham. Nothing, but to show you how a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar."
King. Where's Polonius ?
Ham. In heaven; send thither to see: if your messenger find him not there, seek him i'the other place yourself. But, indeed, if you find him not within this month, you shall nose him as you go up the stairs into the lobby.
King. Go seek him there. [To some Attendants.
[Exeunt Attendants, King. Hamlet, this deed, for thine especial
safety, Which we do tender, as we dearly grieve* For that which thou hast done, must send thee
HAM. For England?
Good. King. So is it, if thou knew'st our purposes.
HAM. I see a cherub, that sees them. But, come; for England !-Farewell, dear mother.
. dearly grieve Deeply. See “ dearest foe,” I. 2. Haml. fiery quickness] Rapid as the progress of fames. See fiery expedition,” R. III. K. Rich., IV. 3.
King. Thy loving father, Hamlet.
HAM. My mother: Father and mother is man and wife; man and wife is one flesh; and so, my mother. Come, for England.
[Exit. King. Follow him at foot;" tempt him with speed
[Exeunt Ros. and GUIL.
A Plain in Denmark.
Enter Fortinbras, and Forces, marching.
For. Go, captain, from me greet the Danish
• Follow him at foot] Close at heels. thereof may give thee sense] May make thee a very intelligible suggestion to that effect.
coldly set our sovereign process] With indifference regard, or set by, set at defiance.
Howe'er my hapsTurns of fortune or chances.
Tell him, that, by bis licence, Fortinbras
I will do't, my
lord. For. Go * safely on.
[Exeunt FortinBRAS, and Forces,
[Enter Hamlet, ROSENCRANTZ, GUILDEN
HAM. Good sir, whose powers are these?
CAP. They are of Norway, sir. * propos'd, HAM.
How purpos’d,* sir,
CAP. The nephew to old Norway, Fortinbras.
Hum. Goes it against the main of Poland,“ sir,
CAP. Truly to speak, and with no addition,
five ducats, five, I would not farm it;
conveyance of a promis'd march] The way or means of,
” safely) With assurance of safe conduct,
* A ranker rate) More exuberant, larger. Scc K, John. V.