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A room in Polonius's house.
Enter Polonius and Reynaldo. Pol. Give him this money and these notes,
Reynaldo. Rey. I will, my lord. Pol. You shall do marvellous wisely, good
Before you visit him, to make inquiry 8 Of his behaviour. Rey.
My lord, I did intend it. Pol. Marry, well said, very well said. Look you,
sir, Inquire me first what Danskers are in Paris, And how, and who, what means, and where
they keep, What company, at what expense; and finding 10 By this encompassment and drift of question
That they do know my son, come you more
nearer Than your particular demands will touch it. Take you, as 'twere, some distant knowledge
As thus, “I know his father and his friends,
To youth and liberty.
As gaming, my lord. Pol. Ay, or drinking, fencing, swearing, quarrel- 25
faults so quaintly
Of general assault.
But, my good lord,- 35 Pol.
Pol. Wherefore should you do this?
Ay, my lord,
Marry, sir, here's my drift, And, I believe, it is a fetch of wit:
You laying these slight sullies on my son, 40 As 't were a thing a little soiled i’ the
Of man and country.
Very good, my lord. Pol. And then, sir, does he this—he does—what 60 was I about to say? By the mass, I was
about to say something. Where did I leave? . Rey. At "closes in the consequence,” [at“friend
or so,” and “gentleman.”] Pol. At “closes in the consequence,” ay, marry.
He closes thus: “I know the gentleman.
as you say,
There falling out at tennis;" or perchance,
God buy ye; fare yo well. Rey. Good my lord. Pol. Observe his inclination in yourself. 70 Rey. I shall, my lord. Pol. And let him ply his music. Rey.
Well, my lord. Pol. Farewell:
[Exit Reynaldo. Enter Ophelia.
How now, Ophelia! what's the matter? Oph. O, my lord, my lord, I have been so
Lord Hamlet, with his doublet all unbraced,
And with a look so piteous in purport
To speak of horrors,-he comes before me.
My lord, I do not know, 85 But truly, I do fear it. Pol.
What said he?
Then goes he to the length of all his arm,
And, to the last, bended their light on me. 100 Pol. Come, go with me, I will go seek the King.
This is the very ecstasy of love,