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ACT 2, SCENE 1

(Enter Polonius and Reynaldo.)

POLONIUS
Get to Paris and give him this money and these notes. Have a
look around. Find out where the Danes drink and supper,
where they lodge. But only let on you have a distant
knowledge of Laertes; that you know his father, some of his
friends--right?

REYNALDO
Yes my lord.

POLONIUS
When you mention him, say you've heard he can get a little
wild. Nothing to dishonor him, just things common to youth
and liberty.

REYNALDO
Like gambling?

POLONIUS
Yes, gambling, drinking, fencing--but play it lightly, as if
they're just flashes of a fiery mind.

REYNALDO
Yes, my lord.
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POLONIUS
Your indirections will find directions.

REYNALDO
Yes my lord.

POLONIUS
Very well then, go and observe.

REYNALDO
Yes my lord.

(He bows and exits. Ophelia enters
upset.)
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POLONIUS
Ophelia, what's the matter?

OPHELIA
Oh my lord, my lord, I'm so frightened.

POLONIUS
In god's name, with what?

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