There’s letters sealed, and my two schoolfellows, Whom I will trust as I will adders fanged, They bear the mandate.

This is an interesting reveal –
We (the audience) know what Hamlet doesn’t trust Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, he’s let us know in previous scenes – but this is not a truth he’s shared with Gertrude before now. It’s like he’s turned some truth corner or a trust corner – and his former attempt to play the game just falls away. It’s like – at some point in this scene – he just decides to start trusting his mom. And it would appear to be when she tells him she has no breath to tell anyone anything. That would appear to be all he needed to stop scolding and start laying down some truth.

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