From his closest friend, Horatio, Hamlet learns of an extraordinary visitation that took place the night before. Horatio witnessed the marching by of a fearsome apparition-- surly no flesh-and-body creature-- but rather some sprit or ghost in the very image of the late king arrayed in battle armor.

Would you please throw a light on especially the bold parts?

I am wondering what is by of, the very image of, marching, and visitation?

Although I have looked up all the vocabulary in dictionaries, in fact, I am wondering what some of them could mean-- the bold parts.

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    It's "the [ marching by ] of [ a fearsome apparition ]" and "the [ very image ] of [ the late king [ arrayed in battle armor ] ]". – Damkerng T. Dec 21 '14 at 17:14

I linked the collins dictionary for you:

  • visitation: See 4: an appearance or arrival of a supernatural being -> seeing a ghost

  • night before : See 1: earlier than the time when -> the previous night.

  • (the marching by) of (a fearsome apparition): See 15: adverb: passing a point near something -> walking past him

  • the very image of : See 1: a representation or likeness of a person or thing -> a gost looking like the dead king.

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