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REYNALDO

As gaming, my lord.

LORD POLONIUS

Ay, or drinking, fencing, swearing, quarrelling,

Drabbing: you may go so far.

REYNALDO

My lord, that would dishonour him.

LORD POLONIUS

‘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 unreclaimed blood,

Of general assault.

REYNALDO

But, my good lord,—

LORD POLONIUS

Wherefore should you do this?

REYNALDO

Ay, my lord,

I would know that.

LORD POLONIUS

Marry, sir, here’s my drift;

And I believe, it is a fetch of wit:

You laying these slight sullies on my son,

As ’twere a thing a little soil’d i’ the 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

Of man and country.

REYNALDO

Very good, my lord.

LORD POLONIUS

And then, sir, does he this—he does—what was I

about to say? By the mass, I was about to say

something: where did I leave?

REYNALDO

At ‘closes in the consequence,’ at ‘friend or so,’

and ‘gentleman.’

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