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A dream itself is but a shadow.


Truly, and I hold ambition of so airy and light a

quality that it is but a shadow’s shadow.


Then are our beggars bodies, and our monarchs and

outstretched heroes the beggars’ shadows. Shall we

to the court? for, by my fay, I cannot reason.


We’ll wait upon you.


No such matter: I will not sort you with the rest

of my servants, for, to speak to you like an honest

man, I am most dreadfully attended. But, in the

beaten way of friendship, what make you at Elsinore?


To visit you, my lord; no other occasion.


Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks; but I

thank you: and sure, dear friends, my thanks are

too dear a halfpenny. Were you not sent for? Is it

your own inclining? Is it a free visitation? Come,

deal justly with me: come, come; nay, speak.


What should we say, my lord?


Why, any thing, but to the purpose. You were sent

for; and there is a kind of confession in your looks

which your modesties have not craft enough to colour:

I know the good king and queen have sent for you.


To what end, my lord?


That you must teach me. But let me conjure you, by

the rights of our fellowship, by the consonancy of

our youth, by the obligation of our ever-preserved

love, and by what more dear a better proposer could

charge you withal, be even and direct with me,

whether you were sent for, or no?


[Aside to GUILDENSTERN] What say you?

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