Hamlet: A Guide For Young Readers

by Leonard Pierce

Act I, Scene 1

Barnardo, Francisco, Horatio and Marcellus, castle guards at Elsinore, the home of the king and queen of Denmark, are working the night shift.  Having passed the evening without an appearance by the mice that plague the building, the conversation soon turns to ghosts[1]The spirit of the recently deceased King Hamlet appears, and Horatio attempts to talk to it, because he went to college.  However, it storms off in a huff without saying anything, leaving the guards to reminisce about the time the king frowned after beating up a cast member of the popular show Polacks On Ice.

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