Study Guide

Hamlet Act IV, Scene vi

By William Shakespeare

Act IV, Scene vi

  • Inside the palace, Horatio runs into some sailors carrying a letter to him from Hamlet. Hamlet writes that his ship was attacked by friendly pirates, and after a bit of a squabble, he ended up being the only person "taken prisoner" by the pirates.
  • Horatio should make sure that some letters get safely to the King and Queen, and then head out to meet Hamlet.