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HAMLET
Excellent well. You are a fishmonger.
HAMLET
Of course. You sell fish.

POLONIUS
Not I, my lord.
POLONIUS
No, not me, sir.

HAMLET
Then I would you were so honest a man.
HAMLET
In that case I wish you were as good a man as a fish seller.

POLONIUS
Honest, my lord?
POLONIUS
Good, sir?

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HAMLET
Ay, sir. To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.
HAMLET
Yes, sir. Only one man in ten thousand is good in this world.

POLONIUS
That’s very true, my lord.
POLONIUS
That’s definitely true, my lord.

HAMLET
For if the sun breed maggots in a dead dog, being a good kissing carrion— Have you a daughter?
HAMLET
Since if the sun breeds maggots on a dead dog, kissing the corpse—by the way, do you have a daughter?

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POLONIUS
I have, my lord.
POLONIUS
I do indeed, my lord.

HAMLET
Let her not walk i' th' sun. Conception is a blessing, but, as your daughter may conceive—Friend, look to ’t.
HAMLET
Then by all means never let her walk in public. Procreation is a good thing, but if your daughter gets pregnant … look out, friend.

POLONIUS
(aside) How say you by that? Still harping on my daughter. Yet he knew me not at first. He said I was a fishmonger. He is far gone, far gone. And truly in my youth I suffered much extremity for love, very near this. I’ll speak to him again.—(to HAMLET) What do you read, my lord?
POLONIUS
(to himself) Now, what does he mean by that? Still harping on my daughter. But he didn’t recognize me at first. He mistook me for a fish seller. He’s far gone. But when I was young I went crazy for love too, almost as bad as this. I’ll talk to him again.—(to HAMLET) What are you reading, your highness?

HAMLET
Words, words, words.
HAMLET
A lot of words.

POLONIUS
What is the matter, my lord?
POLONIUS
And what is the subject?

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HAMLET
Between who?
HAMLET
Between whom?

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