• Enter GHOST and HAMLET

    HAMLET

    Where wilt thou lead me? Speak, I’ll go no further.

    GHOST

    Mark me.

    HAMLET

     I will.

    GHOST

      My hour is almost come
    When I to sulfurous and tormenting flames
    Must render up myself.

    HAMLET

       Alas, poor ghost!

    GHOST

    5Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing
    To what I shall unfold.

    HAMLET

       Speak. I am bound to hear.

    GHOST

    So art thou to revenge when thou shalt hear.

    HAMLET

    What?

    GHOST

    I am thy father’s spirit,
    10Doomed for a certain term to walk the night
    And for the day confined to fast in fires,
    Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature
    Are burnt and purged away. But that I am forbid
    To tell the secrets of my prison house,
    15I could a tale unfold whose lightest word
    Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,
  • The GHOST and HAMLET enter.

    HAMLET

    Where are you taking me? Speak. I’m not going any farther.

    GHOST

    Listen to me.

    HAMLET

    I will.

    GHOST

    The hour has almost come when I have to return to the horrible flames of purgatory.

    HAMLET

    Ah, poor ghost!

    GHOST

    Don’t pity me. Just listen carefully to what I have to tell you.

    HAMLET

    Speak. I’m ready to hear you.

    GHOST

    You must be ready for revenge, too, when you hear me out.

    HAMLET

    What?

    GHOST

    I’m the ghost of your father, doomed for a certain period of time to walk the earth at night, while during the day I’m trapped in the fires of purgatory until I’ve done penance for my past sins. If I weren’t forbidden to tell you the secrets of purgatory, I could tell you stories that would slice through your soul, freeze your blood,

    purgatory

    According to Catholic doctrine, purgatory is a place where souls go to be punished for their sins before going to heaven.