YORICK, GHOUL OF DENMARK
The beginning of Act V of Hamlet by William Shakespeare; Hamlet and Horatio are in the churchyard, hob-nobbing with the gravedigger, when up from the hole pops the re-animated skeleton of Yorick, long-dead jester to Hamlet's father! As the gravedigger runs away screaming, Yorick seizes Hamlet and yanks him down into the open grave; we cannot see what is happening, but Horatio's horrified shrieks indicate that the melancholy Dane is being gruesomely disposed of---and a sudden fountain of blood shooting up into the air confirms this! Horatio falls on his face in a swoon as Yorick clambers out of the grave, holding Hamlet's freshly torn-off head in one bony hand! The ghoulish jester kicks Horatio and squats beside him, brandishing the bloody head: "Alas, poor Hamlet...I knew him, Horatio," Yorick cackles; "A lad of indifferent merit, glazed o'er with the sickly cast of thought, letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would', like th' cat i' th' adage!