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Act III (Mort's comment moved) 10 years 11 months ago #251

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Comment by Mort selub moved from text page:

It is clear that the attack on the ship bearing Hamlet to England is not a fortuitous one but, rather, a planned one. At the very end of Act III, Hamlet states that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern '...must sweep my way/And marshal me to knavery, Let it work;/For 'tis the sport to have the engineer/Hoist with his own petar;and 't shall go hard/But I will delve one yard below their mines/And blow them to the moon. O, 'tis most sweet/When in one line two crafts directly meet.'
After they sail, Hamlet stealthily obtains the letter that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are to present to the English king. The letter asks England to behead Hamlet forthwith. Hamlet substitutes a letter asking that R and G be put to sudden and immediate death. Then, lo and behold! a pirate ship attacks. Hamlet alone succeeds in boarding the attackers' vessel and no sooner is he aboard than, strangely, the pirates break off the attack and transport Hamlet back to Denmark. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern sail on blithely to their doom. Hamlet has indeed 'delve(d) one yard below their mines.'
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