How did Horatio answer Marcellus's question in Hamlet?

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In act 1, scene 1, of Hamlet, Marcellus and Horatio, alongside the guardsman Bernardo, witness the apparition of a ghost. Marcellus first asks Horatio, after they have been astounded by this vision, whether he does not think it is like the deceased king. There is a sense of panic in his asking this question; Bernardo has already asked it, and Horatio has already admitted that the vision did indeed resemble the dead king. Horatio then says that he fears the nightly apparitions of this ghost presage "some strange eruption to our state."

At this point, Marcellus asks a fairly lengthy question, as if he's trying to assemble what exactly has been going on in Denmark and wants Horatio to tell him. He asks why the night watch has been so diligent, why there are cannons and artillery being produced, and why there is work being conducted at night as well as by day. This is clearly a means for Horatio to explain to the audience, as well as to Marcellus, what the current state of affairs is in...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on December 27, 2019
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