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Sc. I. Platform before the palace. Enter Ber. and Fran, two centinels; Fran, is relieved by Hor. and Mar. Talk about a ghost having appeared. Hor. is incredulous. Enter ghost. They perceive it to be like the deceased king. Hor. speaks to it. It stalks away without answering. They conjećture about the ghost, and the warlike preparations that are making in Denmark. The ghost appears again. Hor. conjures it to speak, but in vain. The cock crows: It vanishes. Talk hereupon. Hor. and Mar. agree to tell Ham. of
the ghost. Exeunt. Sc. II. The palace. Enter king, queen, Ham. Pol. Laer. Wol. Cor. lords, and attendants. King's speech, of the death of the late king, and of his marriage with his widow; of negotiations with the court of Norway; [Exeunt Wol, and Cor. as ambassadors to Nara 3 way]
way] of Laer.'s departing for France. Ham.'s sor-
Sc. VIII. Re-enter ghost and Ham. It tells him, it is the
to Oph. It is agreed to try Ham. with Oph. by turning them together, and watching them. Exeunt king and queen.
wildly to him. Exit Pol.
were sent for by the king. Talk of the players, who are expe&ted.
Sc. VII. Enter Pol. with the news of players being arrived.
of the player under a feigned passion, compared with his own under a real one. The effe&t of stageplaying so great, that guilty persons have, by the cunning of the scene, been induced to confess their crimes. He determines to have something played like the murther of his father, before his uncle : and from his behaviour under the play to judge of his guilt.
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Sc, I. The palace. Enter king, queen, Pol. Oph. Ros.