(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.
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.
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.
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.