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How does Claudius respond to the news of Hamlet’s return from his aborted voyage to England?
He expresses joy at Hamlet’s safe return and implores Laertes to forgive him (Hamlet) for his misdeeds.
He shares his foiled plan for Hamlet’s death with Laertes, cursing fate and begging him to help devise a new plan.
He acts unconcerned and nonchalant, quickly changing the subject so as not to betray his panic at Hamlet’s return.
He is puzzled by the news, and immediately concocts a new plan for Hamlet’s death involving Laertes.
He is so troubled by the news that he rages at the messenger and has to be restrained from hurting the messenger by Laertes.