Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 2

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HAMLET

(to MARCELLUS) I am very glad to see you.—(to BARNARDO) Good even, sir.
(to HORATIO) —But what, in faith, make you from Wittenberg?

HAMLET

(to MARCELLUS) So nice to see you.—(to BARNARDO) Hello, sir.(to HORATIO)—But what are you doing away from Wittenberg, Horatio?

HORATIO

A truant disposition, good my lord.

HORATIO

I felt like skipping school, sir.

HAMLET

I would not hear your enemy say so,
170Nor shall you do mine ear that violence,
To make it truster of your own report
Against yourself. I know you are no truant.
But what is your affair in Elsinore?
We’ll teach you to drink deep ere you depart.

HAMLET

I wouldn’t allow your enemies to say that, and I won’t believe it from you. I know you’d never skip school. What are you doing here in Elsinore? I’ll teach you to drink hard by the time you leave.

HORATIO

175My lord, I came to see your father’s funeral.

HORATIO

Sir, we came to see your father’s funeral.

HAMLET

I pray thee, do not mock me, fellow student.
I think it was to see my mother’s wedding.

HAMLET

Please, don’t make fun of me. I think you came to see my mother’s wedding instead.

HORATIO

Indeed, my lord, it followed hard upon.

HORATIO

Well, sir, it’s true it came soon after.

HAMLET

Thrift, thrift, Horatio! The funeral baked meats
180Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables.
Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven
Or ever I had seen that day, Horatio.
My father—methinks I see my father.

HAMLET

It was all about saving a few bucks, Horatio. The leftovers from the funeral dinner made a convenient wedding banquet. Oh, I’d rather have met my fiercest enemy in heaven, Horatio, than have lived through that terrible day! My father—I think I see my father.

HORATIO

Where, my lord?

HORATIO

Where, sir?

HAMLET

  In my mind’s eye, Horatio.

HAMLET

In my imagination, Horatio.

HORATIO

185I saw him once. He was a goodly king.

HORATIO

I saw him once. He was an admirable king.

HAMLET

He was a man. Take him for all in all.
I shall not look upon his like again.

HAMLET

He was a great human being. He was perfect in everything. I’ll never see the likes of him again.