CLAUDIUS: Welcome, dear Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
Our great need provoked this hasty summons.
You must have heard of Hamlet’s...“transformation.” What caused it—beyond his father’s death—I cannot dream of.
So I ask you both since you grew up with him and know him well, stay at court with him.
See if you can amuse him and draw him out—and thereby learn what afflicts him . . .
So we may remedy it.
GUILDENSTERN: Our services are entirely at your command.