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    TheTragedyofHamlet,PrinceofDenmark

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    ActI1.Elsinore.AplatformbeforetheCastle.2.Elsinore.AroomofstateintheCastle.3.Elsinore.AroominthehouseofPolonius.4.Elsinore.TheplatformbeforetheCastle.5.Elsinore.TheCastle.Anotherpartofthefortifications.

    ActII1.Elsinore.AroominthehouseofPolonius.2.Elsinore.AroomintheCastle.

    ActIII1.Elsinore.AroomintheCastle.2.Elsinore.hallintheCastle.3.AroomintheCastle.4.TheQueenscloset.

    ActIV1.Elsinore.AroomintheCastle.2.Elsinore.ApassageintheCastle.3.Elsinore.AroomintheCastle.4.NearElsinore.5.Elsinore.AroomintheCastle.6.Elsinore.AnotherroomintheCastle.7.Elsinore.AnotherroomintheCastle.

    ActV1.Elsinore.Achurchyard.2.Elsinore.AhallintheCastle.

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    ActI,Scene1

    Elsinore.AplatformbeforetheCastle.

    EntertwoSentinels[first,]Francisco,[whopacesupanddownathispostthen]Bernardo,[whoapproacheshim].

    Bernardo.Who'sthere?

    Francisco.Nay,answerme.Standandunfoldyourself.

    Bernardo.LonglivetheKing!

    Francisco.Bernardo?

    Bernardo.He.

    Francisco.Youcomemostcarefullyuponyourhour.

    Bernardo.'Tisnowstrucktwelve.Gettheetobed,Francisco.

    Francisco.Forthisreliefmuchthanks.'Tisbittercold,AndIamsickatheart.

    Bernardo.Haveyouhadquietguard?

    Francisco.Notamousestirring.

    Bernardo.Well,goodnight.IfyoudomeetHoratioandMarcellus,Therivalsofmywatch,bidthemmakehaste.

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    EnterHoratioandMarcellus.

    Francisco.IthinkIhearthem.Stand,ho!Whoisthere?

    Horatio.Friendstothisground.

    Marcellus.AndliegementotheDane.

    Francisco.Giveyougoodnight.

    Marcellus.O,farewell,honestsoldier.Whohathreliev'dyou?

    Francisco.Bernardohathmyplace.Giveyougoodnight.Exit.

    Marcellus.Holla,Bernardo!

    Bernardo.SayWhat,isHoratiothere?

    Horatio.Apieceofhim.

    Bernardo.Welcome,Horatio.Welcome,goodMarcellus.

    Marcellus.What,hasthisthingappear'dagaintonight?

    Bernardo.Ihaveseennothing.

    Marcellus.Horatiosays'tisbutourfantasy,AndwillnotletbelieftakeholdofhimTouchingthisdreadedsight,twiceseenofus.ThereforeIhaveentreatedhimalong,Withustowatchtheminutesofthisnight,That,ifagainthisapparitioncome,Hemayapproveoureyesandspeaktoit.

    Horatio.Tush,tush,'twillnotappear.

    Bernardo.Sitdownawhile,Andletusonceagainassailyourears,Thataresofortifiedagainstourstory,Whatwetwonightshaveseen.

    Horatio.Well,sitwedown,AndletushearBernardospeakofthis.

    Bernardo.Lastnightofall,Whenyondsamestarthat'swestwardfromthepoleHadmadehiscourset'illumethatpartofheavenWherenowitburns,Marcellusandmyself,Thebellthenbeatingone

    EnterGhost.

    Marcellus.Peace!breaktheeoff!Lookwhereitcomesagain!

    Bernardo.Inthesamefigure,liketheKingthat'sdead.

    Marcellus.Thouartascholarspeaktoit,Horatio.

    Bernardo.LooksitnotliketheKing?Markit,Horatio.

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    Horatio.Mostlike.Itharrowsmewithfearandwonder.

    Bernardo.Itwouldbespoketo.

    Marcellus.Questionit,Horatio.

    Horatio.Whatartthouthatusurp'stthistimeofnightTogetherwiththatfairandwarlikeformInwhichthemajestyofburiedDenmarkDidsometimesmarch?ByheavenIchargetheespeak!

    Marcellus.Itisoffended.

    Bernardo.See,itstalksaway!

    Horatio.Stay!Speak,speak!Ichargetheespeak!

    ExitGhost.

    Marcellus.'Tisgoneandwillnotanswer.

    Bernardo.Hownow,Horatio?Youtrembleandlookpale.Isnotthissomethingmorethanfantasy?Whatthinkyouon't?

    Horatio.BeforemyGod,ImightnotthisbelieveWithoutthesensibleandtrueavouchOfmineowneyes.

    Marcellus.IsitnotliketheKing?

    Horatio.Asthouarttothyself.SuchwastheveryarmourhehadonWhenheth'ambitiousNorwaycombated.Sofrown'dheoncewhen,inanangryparle,HesmotethesleddedPolacksontheice.'Tisstrange.

    Marcellus.Thustwicebefore,andjumpatthisdeadhour,Withmartialstalkhathhegonebyourwatch.

    Horatio.InwhatparticularthoughttoworkIknownotBut,inthegrossandscopeofmyopinion,Thisbodessomestrangeeruptiontoourstate.

    Marcellus.Goodnow,sitdown,andtellmehethatknows,WhythissamestrictandmostobservantwatchSonightlytoilsthesubjectoftheland,AndwhysuchdailycastofbrazencannonAndforeignmartforimplementsofwarWhysuchimpressofshipwrights,whosesoretaskDoesnotdividetheSundayfromtheweek.Whatmightbetoward,thatthissweatyhasteDothmakethenightjointlabourerwiththeday?Whois'tthatcaninformme?

    Horatio.ThatcanI.Atleast,thewhispergoesso.Ourlastking,Whoseimageevenbutnowappear'dtous,Was,asyouknow,byFortinbrasofNorway,Theretoprick'donbyamostemulatepride,Dar'dtothecombatinwhichourvaliantHamlet(Forsothissideofourknownworldesteem'dhim)

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    DidslaythisFortinbraswho,byaseal'dcompact,Wellratifiedbylawandheraldry,Didforfeit,withhislife,allthosehislandsWhichhestoodseiz'dof,totheconquerorAgainstthewhichamoietycompetentWasgagedbyourkingwhichhadreturn'dTotheinheritanceofFortinbras,Hadhebeenvanquisher,as,bythesamecov'nantAndcarriageofthearticledesign'd,HisfelltoHamlet.Now,sir,youngFortinbras,Ofunimprovedmettlehotandfull,HathintheskirtsofNorway,hereandthere,Shark'dupalistoflawlessresolutes,Forfoodanddiet,tosomeenterpriseThathathastomachin'twhichisnoother,Asitdothwellappearuntoourstate,Buttorecoverofus,bystronghandAndtermscompulsatory,thoseforesaidlandsSobyhisfatherlostandthis,Itakeit,Isthemainmotiveofourpreparations,Thesourceofthisourwatch,andthechiefheadOfthisposthasteandromageintheland.

    Bernardo.Ithinkitbenootherbute'enso.WellmayitsortthatthisportentousfigureComesarmedthroughourwatch,soliketheKingThatwasandisthequestionofthesewars.

    Horatio.Amoteitistotroublethemind'seye.InthemosthighandpalmystateofRome,AlittleerethemightiestJuliusfell,Thegravesstoodtenantless,andthesheeteddeadDidsqueakandgibberintheRomanstreetsAsstarswithtrainsoffire,anddewsofblood,DisastersinthesunandthemoiststarUponwhoseinfluenceNeptune'sempirestandsWassickalmosttodoomsdaywitheclipse.Andeventhelikeprecurseoffierceevents,AsharbingersprecedingstillthefatesAndprologuetotheomencomingon,HaveheavenandearthtogetherdemonstratedUntoourclimatureandcountrymen.[EnterGhostagain.]Butsoft!behold!Lo,whereitcomesagain!I'llcrossit,thoughitblastme.Stayillusion![Spreadshisarms.]Ifthouhastanysound,oruseofvoice,Speaktome.Iftherebeanygoodthingtobedone,Thatmaytotheedoease,and,gracetome,Speaktome.Ifthouartprivytothycountry'sfate,Whichhappilyforeknowingmayavoid,O,speak!OrifthouhastuphoardedinthylifeExtortedtreasureinthewombofearth(Forwhich,theysay,youspiritsoftwalkindeath),[Thecockcrows.]Speakofit!Stay,andspeak!Stopit,Marcellus!

    Marcellus.ShallIstrikeatitwithmypartisan?

    Horatio.Do,ifitwillnotstand.

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    Bernardo.'Tishere!

    Horatio.'Tishere!

    Marcellus.'Tisgone![ExitGhost.]Wedoitwrong,beingsomajestical,ToofferittheshowofviolenceForitisastheair,invulnerable,Andourvainblowsmaliciousmockery.

    Bernardo.Itwasabouttospeak,whenthecockcrew.

    Horatio.Andthenitstarted,likeaguiltythingUponafearfulsummons.IhaveheardThecock,thatisthetrumpettothemorn,DothwithhisloftyandshrillsoundingthroatAwakethegodofdayandathiswarning,Whetherinseaorfire,inearthorair,Th'extravagantanderringspirithiesTohisconfineandofthetruthhereinThispresentobjectmadeprobation.

    Marcellus.Itfadedonthecrowingofthecock.Somesaythatever,'gainstthatseasoncomesWhereinourSaviour'sbirthiscelebrated,ThebirdofdawningsingethallnightlongAndthen,theysay,nospiritdarestirabroad,Thenightsarewholesome,thennoplanetsstrike,Nofairytakes,norwitchhathpowertocharm,Sohallow'dandsograciousisthetime.

    Horatio.SohaveIheardanddoinpartbelieveit.Butlook,themorn,inrussetmantleclad,Walkso'erthedewofyonhigheastwardhill.BreakweourwatchupandbymyadviceLetusimpartwhatwehaveseentonightUntoyoungHamletfor,uponmylife,Thisspirit,dumbtous,willspeaktohim.Doyouconsentweshallacquainthimwithit,Asneedfulinourloves,fittingourduty?Let'sdo't,IprayandIthismorningknowWhereweshallfindhimmostconveniently.

    Exeunt.

    ActI,Scene2

    Elsinore.AroomofstateintheCastle.

    Flourish.[EnterClaudius,KingofDenmark,GertrudetheQueen,Hamlet,Polonius,LaertesandhissisterOphelia,[Voltemand,Cornelius,]LordsAttendant.

    Claudius.ThoughyetofHamletourdearbrother'sdeathThememorybegreen,andthatitusbefittedTobearourheartsingrief,andourwholekingdomTobecontractedinonebrowofwoe,Yetsofarhathdiscretionfoughtwithnature

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