Printer Friendly

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.
COPYRIGHT 2000 Birmingham Post & Mail Ltd
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2000 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Oct 11, 2000
Words:187
Previous Article:Family hotel in spotlight.
Next Article:On the fast track to fame, glory and real gold; Heroine's homecoming: After Olympic triumph, Denise returns to emotional welcome - and a career break...

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2020 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters