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Enter POLONIUS with his man REYNALDO
POLONIUS enters with his servant REYNALDO.

POLONIUS
Give him this money and these notes, Reynaldo.
POLONIUS
Give him this money and these letters, Reynaldo.

REYNALDO
I will, my lord.
REYNALDO
I will, sir.



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POLONIUS
You shall do marvelous wisely, good Reynaldo,
Before you visit him, to make inquire
Of his behavior.
POLONIUS
It would be wonderfully wise of you, my dear Reynaldo, to ask around about his behavior a little before you visit him.

REYNALDO
    My lord, I did intend it.
REYNALDO
That’s what I thought too, sir.





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POLONIUS
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
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 of him,
As thus: “I know his father and his friends,
And, in part, him.” Do you mark this, Reynaldo?
POLONIUS
Excellent, very good. Ask around and find out what Danish people are in Paris—who they are, where they live and how much money they have, who their friends are. And if you find out in this general sort of questioning that they happen to know my son, you’ll find out much more than if you asked specific questions about him. Just tell them you vaguely know Laertes, say something like, “I’m a friend of his father and I sort of know him,” or whatever. Do you get what I’m saying, Reynaldo?

REYNALDO
Ay, very well, my lord.
REYNALDO
Yes, very well, sir.




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POLONIUS
“And in part him, but,” you may say, “not well.
But, if ’t be he I mean, he’s very wild.
Addicted so and so.—” And there put on him
What forgeries you please. Marry, none so rank
As may dishonor him. Take heed of that.
But, sir, such wanton, wild, and usual slips
POLONIUS
You should say, “I sort of know him, but not well. Is it the same Laertes who’s a wild party animal? Isn’t he the one who’s always,” and so on. Then just make up whatever you want—of course, nothing so bad that it would shame him. I mean make up any stories that

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