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S K E T C H
Τ Η Ε Ρ Ι Α Υ.
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 conjecture about the ghoft, 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 ghoft. Exeunt. Sc. II. The palace. Enter king, queen, Ham. Pol. Laer.
Vol. 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 Vol. and Cor. as ambassadors to Nor
way] of Laer.'s departing for France. Ham.'s forrow for the death of his father: Is dissuaded froin
going to Wittenburg. Exeunt. Sc. III. Manet Ham. His soliloquy; On the baseness of
human nature, and the frailty of his mother the queen, in so soon forgetting her foriner husband the late king, and incestuoully marrying his brother the present king, with a comparison between
them to the disadvantage of the latter. Sc. IV. To Ham. enter Hor. Ber. and Mar. . They ac
quaint Ham. with the appearance of the ghoft. He determines to watch with them, that if it appeared
again, he might see, and speak to it. Exeunt. Sc. V. An apartment in Poli's house. Enter Laer, and
Oph. Laer.'s instructions to her in the matter of
Ham.'s love. Sc. VI. To them enter Pol. He instructs Laer. how to
behave in the foreign country whither he is travelling. Laer. takes his leave. Talk between Pol, and Oph. about Ham.'s amorous addresses to
her; which he advises her not to regard. Sc. VII. The platform before the palace. Enter Ham. Hor.
and Mar. Talk of the drunkenness of the Danes. Ghost appears. Ham. speaks to it. It beckons him.
He follows it. Exeunt. Sc. VIII. Re-enter ghost and Ham. It tells him, it is the
ghost of his father, and relates that, sleeping in his orchard, he was poisoned with juice of Hebanon pour'd in his ears, by Ham.'s uncle, the present king; and advises him to be revenged on the murtherer; but not to contrive any punishment for the queen, leaving her only to the stings of her own
conscience. Exit ghoft. Hami's soliloquy. He
swears to revenge his father's death. Sc. IX. Hor. and Mar. who had followed Ham, at a dis
tance, came up with him, and are inquisitive about what passed between him and the ghost. He eyades satisfying them, and makes them swear to be secret in what they had seen; and if he should hereafter feign madness, they should by no token whatever discover the fraud. Exeunt.
А CT II.
Sc. I. An apartinent in Pola's house. Enter Pol. and Reyn.
Pol. gives money and notes to Rey. to deliver to
and behaviour of Laer, abroad. Exit Rey. Sc. II. To Pol. enter Oph. She relates a visit she had re
ceived from Ham. wherein he appeared to be mad. Pol. concludes that 'tis for love of Opk. he hath run mad; and determines to acquaint the king hereof.
Exeunt. Sc. III. The palace. Enter king, queen, Rof. Guil. lords,
and other attendants. King mentions Ham.'s madness, and desires Ref. and Guil. to accompany him; and, if possible, to find out the cause of his madness. [Exeunt Ros. and Guil.] Enter Pol. with news of the ambassador's return. He tells the king he thinks he hath found the cause of Ham.'s lunacy.
Exit Pol. Sc. IV. Re-enter Polo with ambassadors, who end their bu
finess with the king. Pol. proceeds to fhew the cause of Ham.'s madness; reads a letter from Ham.
to Oph. It is agreed to try Ham. with Oph. by turning them together, and watching them. Ex
eunt king and queen. Sc. V. Enter Ham. reading. Pol. accosts him. Ham, talks
wildly to him. Exit Pol. Sc. VI. Enter Rof. and Guil. Ham. sounds them on the
occasion of their being at Denmark, and finds they were sent for by the king. Talk of the players,
who are expected. Sc. VII. Enter Pol. with the news of players being arrived.
Enter players. Ham. welcomes them. Alks for a speech from one of them. The speech. Enquires if they can act Gonzago, and tells them he will insert a short speech therein for them to study. Ex
eunt. Sc. VIII. Manet Hamlet. His soliloquy; on the behaviour
of the player under a feigned passion, compared with his own under a real one. The effect 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.
So, I. The palace. Enter king, queen, Pol. Oph. Rof.
Guil. and lords. Talk of Ham.'s madness; the cause not discovered. Exit queen; and Hami's trial with Oph, comes on, Exeunt all but Oph.
Sc. II. Oph. with a book. Enter Ham. His soliloquy of
life, and diffolution: discovers Oph. talks rudely with her; and bids her get to a nunnery. Exit Ham. Ophe's soliloquy on Han.'s noble perfections,
overthrown by madness. Şc. III. Enter king and Pol. who had overheard wbat passed
between Ham. and Oph. King concludes that love is not the cause of his madness : Counsels with Pol. about sending him to England for the demand of tribute ; which Pol. agrees to, provided his mother the queen cannot by conference with him discover the cause of his griefs. Pol. proposes to be
secretly a witness of this conference. Exeunt. Sc. IV. Enter Ham. and the players. His instructions to
them. Exeunt players. Enter Pol. Rof. and Guil. with news that the king and queen will hear the
play. Exeunt. Sc. V. To Ham. enter Hor. Ham.'s commendations of
Hori's virtues. Begs him to eye the king at the
play, and note his behaviour. Sc. VI. Enter king, queen, Pol. Oph. Rof. Guil. lords,
as to the play. Hamlet's mad talk : to the king,
to Pol. to Oph. Sc. VII. Dumb shew enters. Enter player king and queen,
yery lovingly embracing. King lies down on a bank of Howers. She seeing him asleep leaves him. Anon comes in a fellow, takes off his coronet, kisses it, and pours poison in the king's ears and Exit. The queen returns, finds the king dead, and makes passionate action. The poisoner, with two or three mutes, comes in again, seeming to lament her, The dead body is carried away.