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Hamlet: Act II, Scene 1

Hamlet
Act II, Scene 1

Scene 1

Elsinore. A room in Polonius’ house.

  1. Enter old Polonius with his man, Reynaldo.

Polonius

1
  1. Give him this money and these notes, Reynaldo.

Reynaldo

2
  1. I will, my lord.

Polonius

3 - 5
  1. You shall do marvell’s wisely, good Reynaldo,
  2. Before you visit him, to make inquire
  3. Of his behavior.

Reynaldo

6
  1.                  My lord, I did intend it.

Polonius

7 - 16
  1. Marry, well said, very well said. Look you, sir,
  2. Inquire me first what Danskers are in Paris,
  3. And how, and who, what means, and where they keep,
  4. What company, at what expense; and finding
  5. By this encompassment and drift of question
  6. That they do know my son, come you more nearer
  7. Than your particular demands will touch it.
  8. Take you as ’twere some distant knowledge of him,
  9. As thus, I know his father and his friends,
  10. And in part him.” Do you mark this, Reynaldo?

Reynaldo

17
  1. Ay, very well, my lord.

Polonius

18 - 25
  1. And in part himbut,” you may say, not well.
  2. But if’t be he I mean, he’s very wild,
  3. Addicted so and so,” and there put on him
  4. What forgeries you please: marry, none so rank
  5. As may dishonor him, take heed of that,
  6. But, sir, such wanton, wild, and usual slips
  7. As are companions noted and most known
  8. To youth and liberty.

Reynaldo

26
  1.                       As gaming, my lord.

Polonius

27 - 28
  1. Ay, or drinking, fencing, swearing, quarreling,
  2. Drabbingyou may go so far.

Reynaldo

29
  1. My lord, that would dishonor him.

Polonius

30 - 37
  1. Faith, as you may season it in the charge:
  2. You must not put another scandal on him,
  3. That he is open to incontinency
  4. That’s not my meaning. But breathe his faults so quaintly
  5. That they may seem the taints of liberty,
  6. The flash and outbreak of a fiery mind,
  7. A savageness in unreclaimed blood,
  8. Of general assault.

Reynaldo

38
  1.                     But, my good lord

Polonius

39
  1. Wherefore should you do this?

Reynaldo

40 - 41
  1.                               Ay, my lord,
  2. I would know that.

Polonius

42 - 53
  1.                    Marry, sir, here’s my drift,
  2. And I believe it is a fetch of wit:
  3. You laying these slight sallies on my son,
  4. As ’twere a thing a little soil’d wi’ th’ working,
  5. Mark you,
  6. Your party in converse, him you would sound,
  7. Having ever seen in the prenominate crimes
  8. The youth you breathe of guilty, be assur’d
  9. He closes with you in this consequence:
  10. Good sir,” or so, or friend,” or gentleman,”
  11. According to the phrase or the addition
  12. Of man and country.

Reynaldo

54
  1.                     Very good, my lord.

Polonius

55 - 58
  1. And then, sir, does ’a this’a doeswhat was I
  2. About to say?
  3. By the mass, I was about to say something.
  4. Where did I leave?

Reynaldo

59
  1.                    At closes in the consequence.“

Polonius

60 - 73
  1. At closes in the consequence,” ay, marry.
  2. He closes thus: I know the gentleman.
  3. I saw him yesterday, or th’ other day,
  4. Or then, or then, with such or such, and as you say,
  5. There was ’a gaming, there o’ertook in ’s rouse,
  6. There falling out at tennis”; or, perchance,
  7. I saw him enter such a house of sale,”
  8. Videlicet, a brothel, or so forth. See you now,
  9. Your bait of falsehood take this carp of truth,
  10. And thus do we of wisdom and of reach,
  11. With windlasses and with assays of bias,
  12. By indirections find directions out;
  13. So by my former lecture and advice
  14. Shall you my son. You have me, have you not?

Reynaldo

74
  1. My lord, I have.

Polonius

75
  1.                  God buy ye, fare ye well.

Reynaldo

76
  1. Good my lord.

Polonius

77
  1. Observe his inclination in yourself.

Reynaldo

78
  1. I shall, my lord.

Polonius

79
  1. And let him ply his music.

Reynaldo

80
  1.                            Well, my lord.

Polonius

81 - 82
  1. Farewell.
  2. Exit Reynaldo.
  3. Enter Ophelia.
  4. How now, Ophelia, what’s the matter?

Ophelia

83
  1. O my lord, my lord, I have been so affrighted!

Polonius

84
  1. With what, i’ th’ name of God?

Ophelia

85 - 92
  1. My lord, as I was sewing in my closet,
  2. Lord Hamlet, with his doublet all unbrac’d,
  3. No hat upon his head, his stockins fouled,
  4. Ungart’red, and down-gyved to his ankle,
  5. Pale as his shirt, his knees knocking each other,
  6. And with a look so piteous in purport
  7. As if he had been loosed out of hell
  8. To speak of horrorshe comes before me.

Polonius

93
  1. Mad for thy love?

Ophelia

94 - 95
  1.                   My lord, I do not know,
  2. But truly I do fear it.

Polonius

96
  1.                         What said he?

Ophelia

97 - 110
  1. He took me by the wrist, and held me hard,
  2. Then goes he to the length of all his arm,
  3. And with his other hand thus o’er his brow,
  4. He falls to such perusal of my face
  5. As ’a would draw it. Long stay’d he so.
  6. At last, a little shaking of mine arm,
  7. And thrice his head thus waving up and down,
  8. He rais’d a sigh so piteous and profound
  9. As it did seem to shatter all his bulk
  10. And end his being. That done, he lets me go,
  11. And with his head over his shoulder turn’d,
  12. He seem’d to find his way without his eyes,
  13. For out a’ doors he went without their helps,
  14. And to the last bended their light on me.

Polonius

111 - 117
  1. Come, go with me. I will go seek the king.
  2. This is the very ecstasy of love,
  3. Whose violent property fordoes itself,
  4. And leads the will to desperate undertakings
  5. As oft as any passions under heaven
  6. That does afflict our natures. I am sorry
  7. What, have you given him any hard words of late?

Ophelia

118 - 120
  1. No, my good lord, but as you did command
  2. I did repel his letters, and denied
  3. His access to me.

Polonius

121 - 131
  1.                   That hath made him mad.
  2. I am sorry that with better heed and judgment
  3. I had not coted him. I fear’d he did but trifle
  4. And meant to wrack thee, but beshrew my jealousy!
  5. By heaven, it is as proper to our age
  6. To cast beyond ourselves in our opinions,
  7. As it is common for the younger sort
  8. To lack discretion. Come, go we to the king.
  9. This must be known, which, being kept close, might move
  10. More grief to hide, than hate to utter love.
  11. Come.
  1. Exeunt.
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