"Ghost The serpent ..." Quote of William Shakespeare

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ghost. The serpent that did sting thy father's life Now wears his crown. Hamlet. O my prophetic soul! My uncle? Ghost. Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast.

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ghost and Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 5, l. 39-41. Hamlet has half-guessed what the ghost reveals, that old Hamlet was murdered by his brother, who then married his widow, a marriage regarded as incestuous in Shakespeare's time.