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Hamlet Adaptation (Act 1, Scene 5)

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            ACT 1, SCENE 5

                                   (Enter Ghost and Hamlet.)

                                   HAMLET
            Where are you leading me?  Speak, or I'll stop.

                                   GHOST
            Listen then.

                                   HAMLET
            I am.

                                   GHOST
            You'll be bound to revenge.

                                   HAMLET
            What?

                                   GHOST
            I'm sentenced to walk the night, and fast in fires to burn
            and purge the sins of a life.  There are things forbidden to
            tell, but I have something else .

                                   HAMLET
            Yes, oh spirit, speak.

                                   GHOST
            You must revenge my murder.

                                   HAMLET
            Murder!

                                   GHOST
            Murder most foul.

                                   HAMLET
            Give me wings to sweep onto the backs of revenge!

                                   GHOST
            A snake bit me while I slept in my garden, but the serpent
            that struck, now wears my crown.

                                   HAMLET
            Oh my prophetic soul!  I knew it!

                                   GHOST
            Yes, with a silver tongue a beast seduced the Queen.  From
            the virtue and dignity which went hand in hand since the day
            we exchanged our vows, to the lust--

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Writer/artist/activist from California, with a degree in Creative Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Advocating for the convention clause of Article V since 2001.

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