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The Response to Norway

HAMLET-NTOEVO

What conclusion do Claudius and Polonius reach regarding Fortinbras after hearing Cornelius and Voltimand’s report?

A

They assume that his compliance to the Norwegian king’s request is a ploy intended to distract the king from his true intention: the invasion of Denmark.

B

They trust that the Norwegian king has curtailed Fortinbras’s scheme and that Fortinbras is no longer a substantial threat to Denmark.

C

They regard the Norwegian king’s letter as a hollow act of diplomacy and recognize that the king is out of touch with important realities in his kingdom.

D

They suspect that the king supports Fortinbras in his plan to recover Norway’s lost land and see the appropriation of funds for Fortinbras’s army as evidence of this.

E

They fear that Fortinbras’s sudden tractability is suspicious enough to warrant continued vigilance, and likewise consider the king suspicious.