Sc. 2, Lines 9-21: Compare Hamlet's behavior with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to the way he treated them in ACT II.

Rosencrantz. Believe what?

Hamlet. That I can keep your counsel and not mine own.

Besides, to be demanded of a sponge - what replication

should be made by the son of a king?

Rosencrantz. Take you me for a sponge, my lord?

Hamlet. Ay, sir, that soaks up the King's countenance, his

rewards, his authorities. But such officers do the King best

service in the end: he keep them, like an ape, in the corner

of his jaw; first mouthed, to be last swallowed. When he

needs what you have gleaned, it is but squeezing you and,

sponge,you shall be dry again.

Rosencrantz. I understand you not, my lord.

Hamlet. I am glad of it.

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Hamlet was at least civil to his two friends in act 2. Hamlet is through being pleasant with them. In this passage, Hamlet verbally chastises them for the role they are playing for the king and queen. He calls them out for not being his friends rather than being informants to the king and queen.