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MARCELLUS, an officer.
BERNARDO, an officer.
Appears, Act I. sc. 1.
Appears, Act II. sc. 1.
Appears, Act V. sc. 2.
Ghost of Hamlet's Father.
FORTINBRAS, Prince of Norway.
Appears, Act IV. sc. 4. Act V. sc. 2. GERTRUDE, Queen of Denmark, and mother of
Hamlet. Appears, Act I. sc. 2. Act II. sc. 2. Act III. sc. 1; sc. 2; sc. 4.
Act IV. sc. 1; sc. 5; sc. 6. Act V. sc. 1; sc. 2.
OPHELIA, daughter of Polonius. Appears, Act I. sc. 3. Act II. sc. 1. Act III. sc. 1; sc. 2. Act
IV. sc. 5. Lords, Ladies, Officers, Soldiers, Players, Gravediggers, Sailors, Messengers, and other Attendants.
SCENE I.-Elsinore. A Platform before the Castle. Francisco on his post. Enter to him BERNARDO. Ber. Who's there?
Fran. Nay, answer me : & stand, and unfold Yourself.
Ber. Long live the king !
He. Fran. You come most carefully upon your hour. Ber. T is now struck twelve ; get thee to bed, Fran
cisco. Fran. For this relief, much thanks : 't is bitter cold, And I am sick at heart.
Ber. Have you had quiet guard ?
Not a mouse stirring.
Enter Horatio and MarcĖLLUS. Fran. I think I hear them.-Stand! who is there? & Answer me. I, the sentinel, challenge you. Bernardo then gives the answer to the challenge, or watch-word—“ Long live the king !"
b Rivals-partners, companions.
Hor. Friends to this ground.
And liegemen to the Dane.
O, farewell, honest soldier : Who hath reliev'd you ? Fran.
Bernardo hath my place. Give you good night.
A piece of him.
Mar. Horatio says, 't is but our fantasy ;
That, if again this apparition come,
Hor. Tush! tush! 't will not appear.
Sit down awhile;
Well, sit we down, And let us hear Bernardo speak of this.
Ber. Last night of all, When yon same star, that 's westward from the pole, Had made his course to illume that part of heaven Where now it burns, Marcellus, and myself, The bell then beating one,
a This form of expression is an abbreviation of " may God give you good night;" and our “good night” is an abbreviation abbreviated.
b Confirm what we have seen.
Mar. Peace, break thee off; look, where it comes again!
Enter Ghost. Ber. In the same figure, like the king that 's dead. Mar. Thou art a scholar, speak to it, Horatio.a Ber. Looks it not like the king? mark it, Horatio. Hor. Most like :-it harrows me with fear, and won
der. Ber. It would be spoke to. Mar.
Question it, Horatio.
Mar. It is offended.
See! it stalks away.
[Exit GHOST. Mar. 'T is gone, and will not answer." Ber. How now, Horatio ? you tremble, and look
Hor. Before my God, I might not this believe,
Is it not like the king ?
& Exorcisms were usually performed in Latin-the language of the church-service,