Welcome, good friends.

I wonder how Rosencrantz and Guildenstern feel about the Players’ reception. Hamlet does warn them a bit about not feeling slighted by the warmth with which he knows he’ll greet the Players. And it is warm.
While Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are also greeted as friends, one might suspect that they are not quite so warmly received but then Hamlet has no reason to suspect the Players of betrayal. It is probably a relief to have a simple transaction. The players show up, Hamlet has them put on a show, they probably all drink together and have a quaffing good time and then the players shove off. Not so complicated and a welcome development.

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