Act 2 - Scene 1
A room in POLONIUS' house.
Enter POLONIUS and REYNALDO
Give him this money and these notes, Reynaldo.
I will, my lord.
You shall do marvellous wisely, good Reynaldo,
Before you visit him, to make inquire
Of his behavior.
My lord, I did intend it.
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
Take you, as 'twere, some distant knowledge of him;
As thus, 'I know his father and his friends,
in part him: ' do you mark this, Reynaldo?
Ay, very well, my lord.
'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 dishonour him; take heed of that;
sir, such wanton, wild and usual slips
As are companions noted and most known
To youth and liberty.
As gaming, my lord.
Ay, or drinking, fencing, swearing, quarrelling,
Drabbing: you may go so far.
My lord, that would dishonour him.
'Faith, no; as you may season it in the charge
You must not put another scandal on him,
That he is open
That's not my meaning: but breathe his faults so quaintly
That they may seem the taints of
The flash and outbreak of a fiery mind,
A savageness in unreclaimed blood,
Of general assault.
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