In the "My Bestsellers" store, there will be Shakespeare Anthology Books that fell off a shelf. In order to continue through the game, you must find a 4 digit code to input on the door behind the counter. There is a memo by the door that will give you a clue.
There will be no memo here. There will be some numbers seen among the three books already on the shelf but the number is not complete because two books are missing. Use Shakespeare Anthology 1 and put it in the first slot. Then use the cursor and select the next book, which is Shakespeare Anthology 3, from the blue box and put it in the next open slot, which is the third slot. A code will then be revealed.
- "Fair is foul, and foul is fair.
- Put these books out of order."
From the clue in the memo, you have to arrange the five books on the shelf but not in order. So do as it says; put all the books on the shelf randomly at first, then rearrange them so the four digit code among the five books looks proper. Once you've done so, you have the code. The code is always random.
"In here is a tragedy---
art thou player or audience?
Be as it may, the end doth remain:
all go on only toward death.
The first words at thy left hand:
a false lunacy, a madly dancing man.
Hearing unhearable words, drawn
to a beloved's grave---and there,
mayhap, true madness at last.
As did this one, playing at death,
find true death at the last.
Killing a nameless lover, she
pierced a heart rent by sorrow.
Doth lie invite truth?
Doth verity but wear the
mask of falsehood?
Ah, thou pitiful, thou
Still amidst lies, though the end cometh not,
wherefore yearn for death?
Wilt thou attend to thy beloved?
Truth and lies, life and death:
a game of turning white to black
and black to white.
Is not a silence brimming with
love more precious than flattery?
A peaceful slumber preferred to
a throne besmirched with blood.
One vengeful man
spilled blood for two;
Two youths shed tears for three;
Three witches disappeared thusly;
And only the four keys remain.
Ah, but verily...
In here is a tragedy---
art thou player or audience?
There is nothing which cannot
become a puppet of fate or an
onlooker, peering into the cage."
Over by the locked door you will find the above memo, which describes the puzzle. Read it carefully and then examine all the anthology books in your inventory. You're going to need to use the books and the memo to solve this puzzle.
The first and final verses is just an introduction and conclusion to the poem so just pretend they don't exist.
- The 1st verse is Hamlet, which is Anthology 4.
- "A false lunacy" describes how Hamlet faked himself to be crazy. The "unhearable words" are those of Hamlet's deceased father, the ghost. Hamlet's "beloved" is Ophelia, and at her funeral, a fight occurred between Hamlet and Laertes.
- The 2nd verse is Romeo and Juliet, which is Anthology 1.
- "Playing at death" refers to how Juliet pretended to be dead using the sleeping potion. The nameless lover is Romeo, since the Capulet family had never known of his love. Juliet is partially responsible for Romeo's death, and she commits suicide with him due to her grief.
- The 3rd verse is Othello, which is Anthology 5.
- It speaks of truths and lies being reversed. Othello thought Desdemona was guilty of adultery when in reality, she was innocent. The characters in the story believed Iago's lies were actually truth.
- The 4th verse is King Lear, which is Anthology 2.
- It speaks of King Lear's yearning for death.
- The 5th verse is Macbeth, which is Anthology 3.
- It refers to King Duncan being murdered by Macbeth in his slumber, as well as Lady Macbeth's flattery of Macbeth. Macbeth inherits Duncan's throne.
From left to right, with all the books in proper order, the code is 41523. However, "only four keys remain", indicating you've got an extra number. There's still more of the memo left to read.
- "One vengeful man (Hamlet) spilled blood for two", and Hamlet is 4, so replace the 4 with an 8 (double it). The code becomes 81523
- "Two youths (Romeo and Juliet) shed tears for three", and Romeo and Juliet is 1, so replace the 1 with a 3 (triple it). The code becomes 83523.
- "Three witches (from Macbeth) disappeared", and Macbeth is 3, so get rid of the last 3.
The final answer is 8352.