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The scene is the Castle at Elsinore Bernardo relieves Francisco at about midnight Marcellus who joins Bernardo in the watch along with Horatio who was told of the appearance the previous night Horatio believes it to be a illusion until it appears You learn that the ghost has appeared twice in the same armor that the king wore to fight Fortinbras king of Norway and the Poles who he defeated The ghost appears again and again Horatio challenges it to speak At the crow of the cock it moves and disappears The three agree that they should tell Hamlet of this appearanceThe scene is in a stateroom at Elsinore The Lord Chamberlain Polonius his son Laertes and other members of the court accompany the king and Queen Claudius and Gertrude They speak of the mourning of the death of his brother King Hamlet He also says that desecration prohibit excessive grief Next he speaks of Fortinbras who demands the surrender of the lands lost by his father to King Hamlet Claudius has sent Cornelius and Voltimand with a letter to the bedridden king of Norway to restrain his nephew The suit of Laertes asks if he should leave for France after attending Denmark for the coronation ceremonies And his father and the king give him permissionThe king and queens attention is now towards young hamlet They are wondering why he is still grieving of his fathers death They then realize that it is sweet and commendable for hamlet to show love for is father by immediate grief The queen asks hamlet to stay at Elsinore and hamlet says that he will obey her and the king commends him Hamlet is left alone in the room and expresses his innermost thoughts and admits that he would commit suicide if it were not against gods law Horatio Marcellus and Bernardo then join hamlet Hamlet greet them but when Horatio explains that he has come
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