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Brush up your Shakespeare.

GHOST: Sleeping within my orchard,

My custom always of the afternoon,

Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole,

With juice of cursed hebenon in a vial,

And in the porches of my ears did pour

The leperous distilment; whose effect. . . (1.5.64)

Holds such an enmity with blood of man

That swift as quicksilver it courses through

The natural gates and alleys of the body,

And with a sudden vigour doth posset

And curd, like eager droppings into milk,

The thin and wholesome blood: so did it mine

(Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 5, lines 60-70)

The Ghost gives the details of his own murder. While Old Hamlet was taking a nap in his orchard, Claudius poured poison in his ear; the poison curdled his blood and rose to his skin, until his body was covered with a 'vile and loathsome crust'. So Old Hamlet had his life, his crown and his queen stolen from him all at once. Worse, he died without chance to pray or take the last rites, so that now, instead of being in heaven, he is burning in the fires of purgatory.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Oct 11, 2000
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