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Elsinore Castle: a chamber in the castle.

[Enter HORATIO and an ATTENDANT.]

HORATIO: What are they that would speak with me?

ATTENDANT: Sailors, sir. They say they have letters for you.

HORATIO: Let them come in.

[Exit ATTENDANT.]

I do not know from what part of the world
I should be greeted, if not from Lord Hamlet.

[Enter SAILORS.]

SAILOR: God bless you, sir.

HORATIO: Let him bless thee too.

SAILOR: He shall, sir, an't please him. There's a letter for you, sir; it comes from the ambassador that was bound for England, if your name be Horatio, as I am let to know it is.

HORATIO: [Reads] 'Horatio, when thou shalt have overlooked this, give these fellows some means to the king. They have letters for him. Ere we were two days old at sea, a pirate of very warlike appointment gave us chase. Finding ourselves too slow of sail, we put on a compelled valour, and in the grapple I boarded them. On the instant they got clear of our ship, so I alone became their prisoner. They have dealt with me like thieves of mercy, but they knew what they did. I am to do a good turn for them. Let the king have the letters I have sent and repair thou to me with as much speed as thou wouldst fly death. I have words to speak in thine ear will make thee dumb; yet are they much too light for the bore of the matter. These good fellows will bring thee where I am. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern hold their course for England. Of them I have much to tell thee. Farewell.
'He that thou knowest thine, HAMLET.'

Come, I will make you way for these your letters,
And do't the speedier that you may direct me
To him from whom you brought them.

[Exeunt.]

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