Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 2

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MARCELLUS

My lord, upon the platform where we watch.

MARCELLUS

On the platform where we stand guard, sir.

HAMLET

Did you not speak to it?

HAMLET

Didn’t you talk to it?

HORATIO

    My lord, I did,
215But answer made it none. Yet once methought
It lifted up its head and did address
Itself to motion, like as it would speak.
But even then the morning cock crew loud,
And at the sound it shrunk in haste away
220And vanished from our sight.

HORATIO

I did, sir, but it didn’t answer me. It raised its head once as if it was about to speak, but just then the rooster started crowing, and the ghost vanished from sight.

HAMLET

    'Tis very strange.

HAMLET

That’s very strange.

HORATIO

As I do live, my honored lord, ’tis true.
And we did think it writ down in our duty
To let you know of it.

HORATIO

I swear to God it’s true, sir. We thought you ought to know about it.

HAMLET

Indeed, indeed, sirs, but this troubles me.
225Hold you the watch tonight?

HAMLET

Yes, I should know, but it disturbs me. Are you on duty again tonight?

MARCELLUS, BARNARDO

    We do, my lord.

MARCELLUS, BARNARDO

Yes, sir.

HAMLET

Armed, say you?

HAMLET

It was armed, you say?

MARCELLUS, BARNARDO

  Armed, my lord.

MARCELLUS, BARNARDO

Armed, sir.

HAMLET

      From top to toe?

HAMLET

From head to toe?

MARCELLUS, BARNARDO

My lord, from head to foot.

MARCELLUS, BARNARDO

Yes, from top to bottom, sir.

HAMLET

    Then saw you not his face?

HAMLET

So you couldn’t see his face, then?

HORATIO

Oh yes, my lord. He wore his beaver up.

HORATIO

Oh, yes, we could, sir. He had his helmet visor up.