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


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


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


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.


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


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

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