Hard - Clue:
"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? Au, thou pitiful, thou miserable ones!
Still amidst lies, through the end cometh not, wherefore yearn
for death? Wilt thou attend thy beloved? Truths 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
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."
Once you've gotten over the fact that you're clearly going to need
some basic knowledge of Shakespeare to get around this one, then you
might be on your way. If you never have then it's probably why you're
reading this section. And no, Heather isn't much help. She only can
remember a line from Macbeth. Most of the others she's never read.
Seeing as I don't want to go through the entire push on this answer
I'll leave it for the later puzzles section, however here I will
roughly explain how you get your answer.
Let's start where we should at the start. As with some other classic
Silent Hill puzzles, the first and last paragraphs don't really mean
anything. It's just mostly there to confuse you on your starting and
The first words of the second paragraph ("at thy left hand") in
this context mean we are starting from the left side of the row.
Generally makes sense doesn't it? The remainder of this first
section of text are all obvious references to Hamlet. So this is the
first book in the order.
The next paragraph contains clear references to Romeo And Juliet.
I would believe this one would be the easiest to get with little
knowledge of these works, as most people know this story these days
than any other. So this is a good starting point for a lot of people.
The next paragraph after this one I personally couldn't get because
it's vague, but seeing as it's the only one you can't get a grip
for and you're only left with one book in the end, then this seems
it is supposed to represent the remaining one. More on that soon.
The following one contains more clear references thankfully, to King
Lear. Well generally it was only the first one I understood because
it was all I could remember. I've honestly never read King Lear, but
I've sat through enough English classes in my life to remember
at least something or two about it.
Continuing on, the next paragraph, the remaining throne related book
is of course Macbeth, as the reference will indeed fit. Four of five
books are in their right places - Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, a gap,
King Lear and Macbeth. That just leaves Othello to go into the middle
- giving you the numerals IV, I, V, II, and III (4, 1, 5, 2, 3).
But this is 5 books, 5 numbers, and you need a 4 number code. And you
still have of course one paragraph left. Guess we're not finished
This last paragraph is not your normal one either. It seems to cover
some facts of things, but also involves numbers and is broken up by
semicolons. How does it work? Well quite easily. Just ask yourself
the following questions.
- Which vengeful man spilt the blood of TWO people?
It was HAMLET! So now you have two times 4 (or IV) which is 8.
- Which two youths who cried for THREE people?
That's ROMEO AND JULIET. 3 times 1 (or I) is 3.
- What THREE witches disappeared?
What about the witches from MACBETH? Take away the 3 on the end and
you now have four numbers. With the new numbers you got from these
questions you know have the four numbers you need for the code lock.
Oh yeah, a final note. This code never changes of course... so once
you've done the puzzle once, you'll never have to do this puzzle
again - so long as you remember the final number that is.