This letter your son has written to Ophelia is proof that he loves her. Hamlet has been driven to madness because I have forbidden my daughter to accept any advances from him.
Claudius, we should spy on the couple when Ophelia meets with Hamlet to return his gifts.
I agree, Polonius.
Claudius and Gertrude exit.
I'm going to toy with Polonius' limited wit.
Polonius, you should watch your daughter carefully...
I'm convinced.. Hamlet is in love with my daughter.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern enter.
The King and Queen sent us to spy and report on your behavior.
This saddens me. I lament that a foul fog now besmirches the heavens.
Hello my friends. Why have you come to this prison?
Hamlet is melancholy
Good news... the actors have arrived!
Hurray! I welcome these actors as I welcome my friends. I hope I can be a worthy host.
Polonius, please see to the actors' lodging.
The actors enter.
For your performance of "The Murder of Gonzago," I will provide you with a few original lines to add to the play.
That sounds great!
The actors exit.
What the actors don't know is that they will be reenacting the murder the Ghost has described. I hope seeing this crime will make Claudius act guilty and reveal that he murdered King Hamlet, proving to me that the Ghost is indeed real.