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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

by Tom Stoppard

Foolishness and Folly Quotes Page 2

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Quote #4

ROS: I think we can say he made us look ridiculous.
GUIL: We played it close to the chest of course. (2.20-21)

How is it that Ros is more worried about looking foolish while he is attempting to get information from Hamlet than he is about the fact that, by helping Claudius, he is betraying his friend?

Quote #5

ROS: I understand you not, my lord.
HAMLET: I am glad of it: a knavish speech sleeps in a foolish ear. (2.415-416)

Is Ros's problem not that he is naturally a fool, but that he is just bad at listening to what goes on around him? Are great speakers always great listeners?

Quote #6

ROS: They'll have us hanging about till we're dead. At least. And the weather will change. (Looks up.) The spring can't last for ever. (2.445)

Notice how Ros, here as so many other places in the play, manages to predict what will happen to the two of them without even knowing it.