Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Ghost. The serpent that did sting thy father's life
Now wears his crown.
Hamlet. O my prophetic soul!
Ghost. Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast.
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.