In Act 2, scene 2, what makes Hamlet distrust Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

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I believe Hamlet distrusts Rosencrantz and Guildenstern because they don't seem to be giving him a straight answer.  He tries to get them to admit why they have just suddenly shown up at Elsinore, and they say that it is only to visit him.  He questions further, and Guildenstern says, "What should we say, my lord?"  I think by this time Hamlet is getting a bit frustrated, and he comes right out and asks if they were sent for.  Finally they admit that they were sent for by the king and queen.

Hamlet is probably to the point now where he doesn't know who he can trust, except Horatio.  These guys show up and it's just two more people for him to be on the watch for.

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