[Enter Polonius with his servant Reynaldo.]
Give him this money and these notes, Reynaldo.
[He hands Reynaldo money and papers.]
You shall do marvelous wisely, good Reynaldo,
Before you visit him, to make inquiry
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 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?
"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
As are companions noted and most known
Ay, or drinking, fencing, swearing,
Quarreling, drabbing — you may go so far.
My lord, that would dishonor him!
Faith, no, as you may season it in the charge.
You must not put another scandal on him —
That he is open to incontinency —
That's not my meaning. But breathe his faults so quaintly
That they may seem the taints of liberty,
The flash and outbreak of a fiery mind,
A savageness in unreclaimèd blood,
Wherefore should you do this?
Marry sir, here's my drift —
And I believe it is a fetch of warrant,
You laying these slight sallies on my son
As 'twere a thing a little soiled i'th' working.
Mark you, your party in converse, him you would sound,
Having ever seen in the prenominate crimes
The youth you breathe of guilty, be assured
He closes with you in this consequence:
"Good sir," or so, or "friend," or "gentleman,"
According to the phrase or the addition
And then, sir, does he this — he does — what was
I about to say? By the mass, I was about to say something.
At "closes in the consequence," at "friend or so," and
At "closes in the consequence." Ay, marry,
He closes with you thus: "I know the gentleman,
I saw him yesterday, or th' other day,
Or then, or then, with such and such, and as you say,
There was he gaming, there o'ertook in's rouse,
There falling out at tennis," or perchance
"I saw him enter such a house of sale,"
Videlicet, a brothel, or so forth.
Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth;
And thus do we of wisdom and of reach,
With windlasses and with assays of bias,
By indirections, find directions out.
So, by my former lecture and advice,
Shall you my son. You have me, have you not?
God buy you; fare you well.
Observe his inclination in yourself.
And let him ply his music.
[Exit Reynaldo, enter Ophelia.]