How can that be, when you have the voice of the King himself for your succession in Denmark?

And here is where Rosencrantz signs his own death warrant. He might have been able to pull Hamlet’s allegiance back at this point with a different answer.
He’s been pushing at Hamlet to tell him what’s wrong pretty every time he sees him and here Hamlet finally tells him something trued and Rosencrantz shuts it down.
If he’d said something like, “Yes, that is upsetting.”
Or even just did some straight up reflective listening like, “You lack advancement.” Hamlet might have begun to trust him – but by essentially taking Claudius point of view, he condemns himself.
It is here where Hamlet quits playing their game, gets out the pipes and starts turning the tables on them.
Smooth move, Rosencrantz.

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