Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 1

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MARCELLUS

It is offended.

MARCELLUS

It looks like you’ve offended it.

BARNARDO

  See, it stalks away.

BARNARDO

Look, it’s going away.

HORATIO

Stay! Speak, speak! I charge thee, speak!

HORATIO

Stay! Speak! Speak! I order you, speak!
Exit GHOST
The GHOST exits.

MARCELLUS

50'Tis gone and will not answer.

MARCELLUS

It’s gone. It won’t answer now.

BARNARDO

How now, Horatio? You tremble and look pale.
Is not this something more than fantasy?
What think you on ’t?

BARNARDO

What’s going on, Horatio? You’re pale and trembling. You agree now that we’re not imagining this, don’t you? What do you think about it?

HORATIO

Before my God, I might not this believe
55Without the sensible and true avouch
Of mine own eyes.

HORATIO

I swear to God, if I hadn’t seen this with my own eyes I’d never believe it.

MARCELLUS

Is it not like the king?

MARCELLUS

Doesn’t it look like the king?

HORATIO

As thou art to thyself.
Such was the very armour he had on
60When he the ambitious Norway combated.
So frowned he once when, in an angry parle,
He smote the sledded Polacks on the ice.
'Tis strange.

HORATIO

Yes, as much as you look like yourself. The king was wearing exactly this armor when he fought the king of Norway. And the ghost frowned just like the king did once when he attacked the Poles, traveling on the ice in sleds. It’s weird.

MARCELLUS

Thus twice before, and jump at this dead hour,
65With martial stalk hath he gone by our watch.

MARCELLUS

It’s happened like this twice before, always at this exact time. He stalks by us at our post like a warrior.

HORATIO

In what particular thought to work I know not,
But in the gross and scope of mine opinion
This bodes some strange eruption to our state.

HORATIO

I don’t know exactly how to explain this, but I have a general feeling this means bad news for our country.