Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 4

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75And there assume some other horrible form,
Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason
And draw you into madness? Think of it.
The very place puts toys of desperation,
Without more motive, into every brain
80That looks so many fathoms to the sea
And hears it roar beneath.
where it takes on some other horrible form that drives you insane. Think about it. The edge of the sea makes people feel despair even at the best of times. All they have to do is look into its depths and hear it roar far below.

HAMLET

It waves me still.
—Go on. I’ll follow thee.

HAMLET

It’s still waving to me. —Go ahead, I’ll follow.

MARCELLUS

You shall not go, my lord.

MARCELLUS

You’re not going, sir.
MARCELLUS and HORATIO try to hold HAMLET back
MARCELLUS and HORATIO try to hold HAMLET back.

HAMLET

    Hold off your hands.

HAMLET

Let go of me.

HORATIO

85Be ruled. You shall not go.

HORATIO

Calm down. You’re not going anywhere.

HAMLET

    My fate cries out
And makes each petty artery in this body
As hardy as the Nemean lion’s nerve.
Still am I called.—Unhand me, gentlemen.
(draws his sword)
90By heaven, I’ll make a ghost of him that lets me.
I say, away!—Go on. I’ll follow thee.

HAMLET

It’s my fate calling me. Every nerve in my body is now as tough as steel. The ghost is still waving me over. Let me go, gentlemen. (he draws his sword)
I swear, if anyone holds me back, I’ll make a ghost of him! I say, get away!—Go ahead, I’ll follow you.
Exeunt GHOST and HAMLET
The GHOST and HAMLET exit.

HORATIO

He waxes desperate with imagination.

HORATIO

His imagination is making him crazy.

MARCELLUS

Let’s follow. 'Tis not fit thus to obey him.

MARCELLUS

Let’s follow them. It’s not right to obey his orders to let him go alone.

HORATIO

Have after. To what issue will this come?

HORATIO

Go ahead and follow him. But what does all this mean, where will it all end?