HAMLET: What man do you dig it for?
GRAVEDIGGER: For no man, sir.
HAMLET: What woman, then?
GRAVEDIGGER: For no woman either.
HAMLET: Who is to be buried in it?
GRAVEDIGGER: One who was a woman, sir—
but bless her soul, she’s dead.
HAMLET: How literal this fool is! We must choose our words carefully, for he’ll twist them to get the better of us. These days, Horatio, the peasants are as clever as noblemen.
HAMLET: Ahem. How long have you been a grave-maker?
GRAVEDIGGER: Of all the days in the year, I happened to start on the same day that our late King Hamlet defeated Fortinbras.
HAMLET: How long has it been since then?
GRAVEDIGGER: You don’t know?