Act 4, Scene 3

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Hamlet and Claudius face off about Polonius’s death.

Summary

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern bring Hamlet back to Claudius. Hamlet, still acting insane, refuses to answer Claudius directly. Instead, he cleverly insults Claudius, but cloaks his digs in what sounds like nonsense. Finally, Hamlet drops a hint about the location of the body. After sending some of his attendants to retrieve it, Claudius tells Hamlet that he’s being sent to England with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Once Hamlet leaves, Claudius reveals his true plan: as soon as Hamlet arrives in England, he’ll be put to death by the English court.