Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 1

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HORATIO

    Friends to this ground.

HORATIO

Friends of this country.

MARCELLUS

And liegemen to the Dane.

MARCELLUS

And servants of the Danish king.

FRANCISCO

    Give you good night.

FRANCISCO

Good night to you both.

MARCELLUS

O, farewell, honest soldier. Who hath relieved you?

MARCELLUS

Good-bye. Who’s taken over the watch for you?

FRANCISCO

Barnardo has my place. Give you good night.

FRANCISCO

Barnardo’s taken my place. Good night.
Exit FRANCISCO
FRANCISCO exits.

MARCELLUS

15Holla, Barnardo.

MARCELLUS

Hello, Barnardo.

BARNARDO

Say what, is Horatio there?

BARNARDO

Hello. Is Horatio here too?

HORATIO

A piece of him.

HORATIO

More or less.

BARNARDO

Welcome, Horatio.—Welcome, good Marcellus.

BARNARDO

Welcome, Horatio. Welcome, Marcellus.

MARCELLUS

What, has this thing appeared again tonight?

MARCELLUS

So, tell us, did you see that thing again tonight?

BARNARDO

20I have seen nothing.

BARNARDO

I haven’t seen anything.

MARCELLUS

Horatio says ’tis but our fantasy
And will not let belief take hold of him
Touching this dreaded sight twice seen of us.
Therefore I have entreated him along
25With us to watch the minutes of this night,
That if again this apparition come
He may approve our eyes and speak to it.

MARCELLUS

Horatio says we’re imagining it, and won’t let himself believe anything about this horrible thing that we’ve seen twice now. That’s why I’ve begged him to come on our shift tonight, so that if the ghost appears he can see what we see and speak to it.

HORATIO

Tush, tush, ’twill not appear.

HORATIO

Oh, nonsense. It’s not going to appear.