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            ACT 3, SCENE 1

                                   (Enter King, Queen, Polonius [with
                                   BOOK], Ophelia, Rosencrantz,

                          (to Rosencrantz and
            So you've gotten nothing from the prince as to why he's
            acting the way he is?

            He confesses feeling distracted and troubled--but the exact
            cause?  He will not say.

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            He evades any deep discussion with jokes and questions to

            But he did welcome you, he was genuinely pleased to see you,
            was he not?

            Yes, he was your majesty.

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            It appeared to take some effort to shift his disposition, but
            then we got along just as we have in the past.

            And what are your plans to entertain him?  I want him
            distracted from his distraction.

            As it turns out Madam, we happened upon some players--

            That is correct, and I was to inform your majesty shortly: a
            troupe of actors have paid visit, and the prince has
            commissioned them to perform this evening.  He would like the
            King and Queen to attend.


            This pleases me too.  Dear Rosencrantz and Guildenstern go to
            him again now, and let him know we are pleased, and that we
            will be in attendance tonight.

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                                   (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern bow and

                                   GERTRUDE (CONT'D)
            Now, as to the plan to better understand the disposition of
            the prince--Ophelia--I do hope your beauty is the true cause
            of his wildness.  And in which case, I pray your charms can
            calm him and restore both your honors.

            Madam, I dearly hope so too.

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