Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

Act 1 Scene 5

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Enter GHOST and HAMLET
The GHOST and HAMLET enter.

HAMLET

Where wilt thou lead me? Speak, I’ll go no further.

HAMLET

Where are you taking me? Speak. I’m not going any farther.

GHOST

Mark me.

GHOST

Listen to me.

HAMLET

 I will.

HAMLET

I will.

GHOST

  My hour is almost come
When I to sulfurous and tormenting flames
Must render up myself.

GHOST

The hour has almost come when I have to return to the horrible flames of purgatory.

HAMLET

   Alas, poor ghost!

HAMLET

Ah, poor ghost!

GHOST

5Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing
To what I shall unfold.

GHOST

Don’t pity me. Just listen carefully to what I have to tell you.

HAMLET

   Speak. I am bound to hear.

HAMLET

Speak. I’m ready to hear you.

GHOST

So art thou to revenge when thou shalt hear.

GHOST

You must be ready for revenge, too, when you hear me out.

HAMLET

What?

HAMLET

What?

GHOST

I am thy father’s spirit,
10Doomed for a certain term to walk the night
And for the day confined to fast in fires,
Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature
Are burnt and purged away. But that I am forbid
To tell the secrets of my prison house,
15I could a tale unfold whose lightest word
Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,

GHOST

I’m the ghost of your father, doomed for a certain period of time to walk the earth at night, while during the day I’m trapped in the fires of purgatory until I’ve done penance for my past sins. If I weren’t forbidden to tell you the secrets of

purgatory

According to Catholic doctrine, purgatory is a place where souls go to be punished for their sins before going to heaven.

purgatory
, I could tell you stories that would slice through your soul, freeze your blood,