"Why does he (Shakespeare) take so long to say anything?""The Elizabethan stage had no scenes and only hand-props. His actors had to create the scene, as well as the action. Look how cleverly he has leafed the innocent conversation of the Queen and Polixenes with the King's own jealous thoughts. It works every well onstage, I promise. We shall go to the next Shakespeare anyone puts on. You shall see."
I didn't know that!