Wilt please you go, my lord?

Oh are you here, too, Rosencrantz? I forgot about you. Whatcha been doing? Just, like, checking your watch? Taking photos of the Norwegian troops? I think this short exchange is often cut – as if Hamlet is just on his own outside, on his way to England – but of course he COULDN’T be on his own. He needs to be escorted to the boat or he probably wouldn’t show. Claudius would insist he be accompanied all the way. It is amazing that they let Hamlet tell them to go on ahead and then they do! They leave their prisoner alone! There must be another scout somewhere behind them to pick him up if he doesn’t go.

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