Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

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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.

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