In Shakespeare's Hamlet, what news does Horatio bring to Hamlet?

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Horatio has not spoken to Hamlet since they both left Wittenberg for Hamlet 's father's funeral. Horatio now approaches Hamlet, along with the two guards, Marcellus and Barnardo. They greet and Hamlet says they will not soon see a man like his father again. At this point, Horatio says he...

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Horatio has not spoken to Hamlet since they both left Wittenberg for Hamlet's father's funeral. Horatio now approaches Hamlet, along with the two guards, Marcellus and Barnardo. They greet and Hamlet says they will not soon see a man like his father again. At this point, Horatio says he thinks he has seen the late king. Hamlet is amazed and asks him about it.

Horatio tells the story of the guards seeing the ghost, explaining that they were frightened and came to him in secrecy to inform him of sighting:

they, distilled
Almost to jelly with the act of fear,
Stand dumb and speak not to him. This to me
In dreadful secrecy impart they did
It is clear that the guards need someone closer to Prince Hamlet in social status to approach him about the ghost. It would be too easy for Hamlet to dismiss the guards as crazy or superstitious. However, they know if they can convince Horatio of the ghost's reality, his words will carry weight with the prince.
Horatio at first doesn't believe the guards, but when he sees the ghost himself, he is more than willing to share this news with Hamlet. This information greatly interests Hamlet, who is determined to see the ghost himself.
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In Act I, Scene 2, Horatio comes and tells Hamlet that the ghost of his father has been appearing.  In the previous scene, Horatio and three other men (Barnardo, Marecellus and Francisco) are on guard duty.  The last of these three have seen the ghost before so they have asked Horatio to come and keep watch with them to confirm what they saw.  The ghost comes again and all four see him.

In Act I, Scene 2, all four of them come to see Hamlet.  After talking to him a bit, Horatio tells him that the ghost has appeared.

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