Act I, Scene 1
Elsinore. A platform before the castle., Late night
- Enter Barnardo and Francisco, two sentinels, meeting.
Jul 3, 2019 ZyzigusSomething isn't right in the very first line of the play. Francisco is the sentinel on duty. He is the one who should say “Who's there?” Bernardo has come to relieve him and should expect to encounter Francisco and not have to ask “Who's there?”
Nay, answer me. Stand and unfold yourself.
Jul 3, 2019 ZyzigusExactly!
- Long live the King!
Jul 9, 2019 MikoThe First Folio has a question mark here. The second quarto has a period. Modern editions are in disagreement about which to use.
- You come most carefully upon your hour.
’Tis now struck twelve. Get thee to bed, Francisco.
Jul 3, 2019 ZyzigusNotice the time.
Francisco8 - 9
- For this relief much thanks. ’Tis bitter cold,
- And I am sick at heart.
- Have you had quiet guard?
Not a mouse stirring.
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Barnardo12 - 14
- Well, good night.
- If you do meet Horatio and Marcellus,
The rivals of my watch, bid them make haste.
Jul 3, 2019 Zyziguspartners
- Enter Horatio and Marcellus.
- I think I hear them. Stand ho! Who is there?
- Friends to this ground.
And liegemen to the Dane.
Jul 3, 2019 Zyzigussubjects to the king of Denmark (Notice how often “the Dane” means "the king of Denmark.)
- Give you good night.
Marcellus19 - 20
- O, farewell, honest soldier.
- Who hath reliev’d you?
Francisco21 - 22
- Barnardo hath my place.
- Give you good night.
- Exit Francisco.
- Holla, Barnardo!
Barnardo24 - 25
- What, is Horatio there?
A piece of him.
Jul 3, 2019 Zyzigus“This is ridiculous! I don't want to be here!”
- Welcome, Horatio, welcome, good Marcellus.
- What, has this thing appear’d again tonight?
- I have seen nothing.
Marcellus30 - 36
- Horatio says ’tis but our fantasy,
And will not let belief take hold of him
Jul 3, 2019 Zyzigus“Horatio says that we're just imagining things and doesn't believe us.”
- Touching this dreaded sight twice seen of us;
- Therefore I have entreated him along,
- With us to watch the minutes of this night,
- That if again this apparition come,
- He may approve our eyes and speak to it.
Tush, tush, ’twill not appear.
Jul 3, 2019 ZyzigusNotice Horatio's firm disbelief.
Barnardo38 - 41
Horatio42 - 43
- Well, sit we down,
- And let us hear Barnardo speak of this.
Barnardo44 - 48
- Last night of all,
When yond same star that’s westward from the pole
Jul 3, 2019 Zyzigus(stage direction, pointing)
- Had made his course t’ illume that part of heaven
- Where now it burns, Marcellus and myself,
The bell then beating one—
Jul 3, 2019 ZyzigusIn most productions, a bell is heard striking once. Notice the time.
- Enter Ghost.
- Peace, break thee off! Look where it comes again!
- In the same figure like the King that’s dead.
Thou art a scholar, speak to it, Horatio.
Jul 3, 2019 Zyzigusintellectual
Looks ’a not like the King? Mark it, Horatio.
Jul 3, 2019 ZyzigusEquivalent to “he” commonly used in Shakespeare.
Most like; it harrows me with fear and wonder.
Jul 3, 2019 ZyzigusUsed in farming to this day, “harrow” means “plow.” The smug disbeliever, Horatio, is being plowed with fear and wonder.
- It would be spoke to.
- Speak to it, Horatio.
Horatio56 - 59
- It is offended.
- See, it stalks away!
- Stay! Speak, speak, I charge thee speak!
- Exit Ghost.
- ’Tis gone, and will not answer.
Barnardo64 - 66
How now, Horatio? You tremble and look pale.
Jul 3, 2019 ZyzigusNotice Horatio's complete transformation. He is no longer smirking but is trembling and looks pale.
- Is not this something more than fantasy?
- What think you on’t?
Horatio67 - 69
- Before my God, I might not this believe
- Without the sensible and true avouch
- Of mine own eyes.
- Is it not like the King?
Horatio71 - 76
- As thou art to thyself.
- Such was the very armor he had on
When he the ambitious Norway combated.
Jul 3, 2019 Zyzigusthe king of Norway
- So frown’d he once when in an angry parle
He smote the sledded Polacks on the ice.
Jul 3, 2019 ZyzigusThere are differing theories about what this means. Don't worry about it.
- ’Tis strange.
Marcellus77 - 78
Thus twice before, and jump at this dead hour,
Jul 3, 2019 Zyzigus“exactly at this same time” Confirming that it is 1AM DST (Denmark Standard Time).
- With martial stalk hath he gone by our watch.
Horatio79 - 81
- 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.
Marcellus82 - 91
Good now, sit down, and tell me, he that knows,
Jul 3, 2019 Zyzigus(stage direction)
- Why this same strict and most observant watch
- So nightly toils the subject of the land,
And why such daily cast of brazen cannon,
Jul 3, 2019 Zyzigusmanufacture
And foreign mart for implements of war,
Jul 3, 2019 Zyzigustrade
Why such impress of shipwrights, whose sore task
Jul 3, 2019 Zyzigusrecruiting of ship builders
- Does not divide the Sunday from the week,
- What might be toward, that this sweaty haste
- Doth make the night joint-laborer with the day:
Who is’t that can inform me?
Jul 3, 2019 ZyzigusWho can tell me why these things are happening 24/7?
Horatio92 - 120
- That can I,
- At least the whisper goes so: our last king,
- Whose image even but now appear’d to us,
- Was, as you know, by Fortinbras of Norway,
- Thereto prick’d on by a most emulate pride,
- Dar’d to the combat; in which our valiant Hamlet
- (For so this side of our known world esteem’d him)
- Did slay this Fortinbras, who, by a seal’d compact
- Well ratified by law and heraldy,
- Did forfeit (with his life) all those his lands
- Which he stood seiz’d of, to the conqueror;
- Against the which a moi’ty competent
- Was gaged by our king, which had return’d
- To the inheritance of Fortinbras,
- Had he been vanquisher; as by the same comart
- And carriage of the article design’d,
His fell to Hamlet. Now, sir, young Fortinbras,
Jul 3, 2019 ZyzigusOur former King, whose ghost we just saw, was challenged by Fortinbras, the king of Norway, to do battle with each side wagering some territory. This wager was certified by a legal contract. Since Fortinbras was killed by King Hamlet, his lands were forfeited, as would have been the case the other way around. Jul 3, 2019 ZyzigusFortinbras Junior
Of unimproved mettle hot and full,
Jul 3, 2019 Zyzigusunproven spirit
Hath in the skirts of Norway here and there
Jul 3, 2019 Zyzigusoutskirts
Shark’d up a list of lawless resolutes
Jul 3, 2019 Zyzigusraised an army of goons
- For food and diet to some enterprise
- That hath a stomach in’t, which is no other,
- As it doth well appear unto our state,
- But to recover of us, by strong hand
- And terms compulsatory, those foresaid lands
- So by his father lost; and this, I take it,
- Is the main motive of our preparations,
- The source of this our watch, and the chief head
- Of this post-haste and romage in the land.
Barnardo121 - 124
- I think it be no other but e’en so.
- Well may it sort that this portentous figure
- Comes armed through our watch so like the King
- That was and is the question of these wars.
Horatio125 - 153
A mote it is to trouble the mind’s eye.
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- In the most high and palmy state of Rome,
- A little ere the mightiest Julius fell,
- The graves stood tenantless and the sheeted dead
- Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets.
- As stars with trains of fire, and dews of blood,
- Disasters in the sun; and the moist star
- Upon whose influence Neptune’s empire stands
- Was sick almost to doomsday with eclipse.
- And even the like precurse of fear’d events,
- As harbingers preceding still the fates
- And prologue to the omen coming on,
- Have heaven and earth together demonstrated
- Unto our climatures and countrymen.
- Enter Ghost.
- But soft, behold! Lo where it comes again!
- It spreads his arms.
- I’ll cross it though it blast me. Stay, illusion!
- If thou hast any sound or use of voice,
- Speak to me.
- If there be any good thing to be done
- That may to thee do ease, and grace to me,
- Speak to me.
- If thou art privy to thy country’s fate,
- Which happily foreknowing may avoid,
- O speak!
- Or if thou hast uphoarded in thy life
- Extorted treasure in the womb of earth,
- For which, they say, your spirits oft walk in death,
- Speak of it, stay and speak!
The cock crows.
Jul 3, 2019 ZyzigusWhat time is it?
- Stop it, Marcellus.
Shall I strike it with my partisan?
Jul 3, 2019 Zyzigusspear
- Do, if it will not stand.
- ’Tis here!
- ’Tis here!
Marcellus158 - 162
- ’Tis gone!
- Exit Ghost.
- We do it wrong, being so majestical,
- To offer it the show of violence,
- For it is as the air, invulnerable,
- And our vain blows malicious mockery.
- It was about to speak when the cock crew.
Horatio164 - 172
- And then it started like a guilty thing
- Upon a fearful summons. I have heard
- The cock, that is the trumpet to the morn,
- Doth with his lofty and shrill-sounding throat
- Awake the god of day, and at his warning,
- Whether in sea or fire, in earth or air,
- Th’ extravagant and erring spirit hies
- To his confine; and of the truth herein
- This present object made probation.
Marcellus173 - 180
- It faded on the crowing of the cock.
- Some say that ever ’gainst that season comes
- Wherein our Saviour’s birth is celebrated,
- This bird of dawning singeth all night long,
- And then they say no spirit dare stir abroad,
- The nights are wholesome, then no planets strike,
- No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm,
- So hallowed, and so gracious, is that time.
Horatio181 - 189
- So have I heard and do in part believe it.
But look, the morn in russet mantle clad
Jul 3, 2019 ZyzigusDuring the few minutes it takes to read or to perform this scene, time has advanced from midnight until dawn.
- Walks o’er the dew of yon high eastward hill.
- Break we our watch up, and by my advice
- Let us impart what we have seen tonight
Unto young Hamlet, for, upon my life,
Jul 3, 2019 ZyzigusHamlet Junior
- This spirit, dumb to us, will speak to him.
- Do you consent we shall acquaint him with it,
- As needful in our loves, fitting our duty?
Marcellus190 - 191
- Let’s do’t, I pray, and I this morning know
- Where we shall find him most convenient.