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Hamlet, Prince of Demark – William Shakespeare (Old/Bargain)|Excerpt from Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: With Introduction and Notes
In front of the Castle of Elsinore, the residence of the Danish Court, the guard is being relieved at midnight. With the relieving officers comes Horatio, a friend of Prince Hamlet, to ascertain whether there is any truth in a rumour that has reached his ears of a Ghost having appeared to the sentinel on two previous occasions. Horatio, a man of philosophical and sceptical character, disbelieves the story, and is in conversation on the sub jcet with the two officers, when suddenly a figure re sembling the dead king is seen confronting them. Horatio questions the apparition, which, however, with out giving any answer, stalks away and now convinced by the evidence of his own eyes that the Ghost is no illusion, Horatio predicts that its coming bodes some evil about to fall upon the state. A conversation follows, in which the three friends discuss the warlike prepara tions that have of late been going on so vigorously throughout Denmark, when suddenly the Ghost appears for the second time. Again Horatio questions it without result, and at the sound of cock-crow it slowly fades from sight. Horatio advises that Hamlet be told of the apparition, and the watch being over, he and his com panions separate. With the second Scene we come to a room of state in the Castle wherein are assembled the king and queen attended by Hamlet, Polonius, the lord chamberlain, his son, Laertes, and others. The king re counts how by the death of his brother he has succeeded to the throne and with the concurrence of his ministers, taken his brothers widow to wife; how he has of late been making preparations to resist the threatened in.

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