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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s HAMLET: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scenes 6-7

— 4.6 — In another room in the castle, Horatio said to a servant, “Who are they who would speak with me?” “Sailors, sir,” the servant replied. “They say they have letters for you.” “Let them come in.” The servant … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s HAMLET: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scene 5

— 4.5 — In a room in the castle at Elsinore, Queen Gertrude was talking with Horatio and a gentleman about Ophelia. “I will not speak with her,” Queen Gertrude said. “She is insistent, indeed distraught,” the gentleman said. “Her … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s HAMLET: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scenes 3-4

— 4.3 — King Claudius said to some lords, “I have sent Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to seek Hamlet, and to find the body of Polonius. How dangerous it is that this man goes loose! Yet we must not put the … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s HAMLET: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scenes 1 and 2

— 4.1 — In a room of the castle, King Claudius, Queen Gertrude, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern were meeting. “There’s a reasonfor these sighs, these profound heaves,” King Claudius said to Queen Gertrude, who was upset by her encounter with Hamlet. “You … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s HAMLET: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scene 4

— 3.4 — In the Queen’s private chamber, Queen Gertrude and Polonius were talking. Polonius said, “Hamlet will be here very soon. Speak frankly to him: Tell him his rude behavior has been too outrageous to bear with, and tell … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s HAMLET: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scene 3

— 3.3 — In a room in the castle, King Claudius talked with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. “I do not like the way that Hamlet is behaving,” King Claudius said. “It is not safe for us to allow his madness free … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s HAMLET: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scene 2

— 3.2 — Hamlet talked with the actors in a hall in the castle and gave them advice on how to perform their roles. First, he talked about speaking the lines he had specially written for the play, but quickly … Continue reading

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