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Hamlet

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A Sight Indeed

HAMLET-DHUJWE

What is Claudius’s intention for mentioning the Frenchman Lamond to Laertes?

A

He wants to engage Laertes in polite conversation as a means of discussing something other than the tiresome subject of his father’s death.

B

He wishes to impress Laertes by name-dropping someone of renown so that Laertes will be more open to his influence.

C

He seeks to calm Laertes’s urgency for revenge by proposing a duel with Hamlet that will provide a focus and an outlet for Laertes’s rage.

D

He makes a detour from the matter of revenge to lighten the mood and distract Laertes from his own murderous intentions.

E

He seeks to flatter Laertes into carrying out his will by exaggerating his positive reputation as a fencer.