HAMLETThe body is with the king, but the king is not with the body. The king is a thing—
230 Acting, Theater, Film, and DanceGUILDENSTERN A thing, my lord!HAMLETOf nothing: bring me to him. Hide fox, and all after. ExeuntSCENE III. Another room in the castle. Enter KING CLAUDIUS, attendedKING CLAUDIUSI have sent to seek him, and to find the body. How dangerous is it that this man goes loose! Yet must not we put the strong law on him: He’s loved of the distracted multitude, Who like not in their judgment, buttheir eyes; And where tis so, the offender’s scourge is weigh’d, But never the offence. To bear all smooth and even, This sudden sending him away must seem Deliberate pause: diseases desperate grown By desperate appliance are relieved, Or not at all.Enter ROSENCRANTZ How now! what hath befall’n?ROSENCRANTZWhere the dead body is bestow’d, my lord, We cannot get from him.KING CLAUDIUS But where is he?ROSENCRANTZ Without, my lord; guarded, to know your pleasure.KING CLAUDIUS Bring him before us.
ROSENCRANTZHo, Guildenstern! bring in my lord. Enter HAMLET and GUILDENSTERNKING CLAUDIUS Now, Hamlet, where’s Polonius?HAMLET At supper.KING CLAUDIUS At supper! where?HAMLETIn heaven; send hither to see: if your messenger find him not there, seek him i’ the other place yourself. But indeed, if you find him not within this month, you shall nose him as you go up the stairs into the lobby.KING CLAUDIUS Go seek him there. To some AttendantsHAMLETHe will stay till ye come. Exeunt AttendantsKING CLAUDIUSHamlet, this deed, for thine especial safety,--Which we do tender, as we dearly grieve For that which thou hast done,--must send thee hence With fiery quickness: therefore prepare thyself; The bark is ready, and the wind at help, The associates tend, and every thing is bent For England.HAMLET For England!
HAMLETNot where he eats, but where he is eaten: a certain convocation of politic worms are e’en at him. Your worm is your only emperor for diet: we fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots: your fat king and your lean beggar is but variable service, two dishes, but to one table: that’s the end.KING CLAUDIUS Alas, alas!HAMLETA man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and cat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.KING CLAUDIUS What dost you mean by this?HAMLETNothing but to show you how a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar.KING CLAUDIUS Where is Polonius?252 Acting, Theater, Film, and DanceFor he was likely, had he been put on, To have proved most royally: and, for his passage, The soldiers’ music and the rites of warSpeak loudly for him. Take up the bodies: such a sight as this Becomes the field, but here shows much amiss. Go, bid the soldiers shoot.
A dead march. Exeunt, bearing off the dead bodies; after which a peal of ordnance is shot offDanceFor dancers in the mid-twentieth century, it was eventful. Names such as Jerome Rob-bins and Merce Cunningham and Agnes De Mille, dancer and choreographer, became well known. “Agnes de Mille, in fullAgnes George de Mille, de Mille also spelled DeMi-lle (born Sept. 18, 1905, New York, N.Y., U.S.—died