Immortal Tragedy

"Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Ho­r­a­tio; a fel­low of in­fi­nite jest, of most ex­cel­lent fan­cy; he hath borne me on his back a thou­sand times; and now, how ab­horred in my imag­i­na­tion it is! My gorge rims at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? Your gam­bols? Your songs? Your flash­es of mer­ri­ment, that were wont to set the ta­ble on a roar?"

William Shake­speare, "Ham­let"

Drew this a while ago and it was meant as some­thing like a joke of role re­ver­sal, since in the orig­i­nal it's sup­posed to be prince Ham­let talk­ing to a skull.

I thought why wouldn't guys have a the­atre in the af­ter­life as well, so here are the ac­tu­al ac­tors that we see here:

"Ham­let" was once a boy called Ne­hemi­ah who got kid­napped by wan­der­ing gyp­sies who turned him in­to a freak that they dis­played for mon­ey as he had a bracelet sealed on his waist for­ev­er, which re­mained al­ways the same since while he was grow­ing up. He was some­times made to do pri­vate danc­ing for no­ble peo­ple and once dur­ing one of such events the man­sion he vis­it­ed was trapped in fire and every­body burned, in­clud­ing our hero. His skele­ton has nev­er been found but peo­ple tell of some strange skele­ton with a bracelet around the waist who can be seen in the flames of burn­ing hous­es.

"Yorick" was once a un­lucky jester called Eli­jah who amused the king by sit­ting up­on his own head but even­tu­al­ly the king couldn't stand his bad sense of hu­mor and be­head­ed him. Since then the ghost boy haunt­ed the king's cas­tle and of­ten ap­peared sit­ting on his own head, though it be­came a lot eas­i­er now that it's de­tached from the body.

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