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What does Hamlet communicate to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern with his use of the sponge metaphor?


That Rosencrantz and Guildenstern will garner envious rewards for their loyal service to the king and the queen, and that he hopes their betrayal of him is worth those rewards.


That although they enjoy the excitement of observing everyone else’s drama, they will also have to clean up everyone else’s mess.


That although their position of honor from the king seems envious, it is an empty honor, and they are simply being used by the king, who will not reward their loyalty in the end.


That Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are brainless, insipid followers who would do well to think for themselves, because no one truly respects them.


That their presence will become increasingly more valued by Hamlet as time goes on, and that they have already become more dear to him as a result of time spent together.

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