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When Hamlet encounters Polonius, he pretends not to recognize him (responding to Polonius’s question, “Do you know me, my lord?” with “Excellent well; you are a fishmonger”), then suddenly asks him if he has a daughter and warns him to keep her out of view.

Although Hamlet is clearly feigning madness, what message is he trying to convey to Polonius?


That he is in love with Ophelia but cannot be trusted to treat her well.


That Ophelia is an untrustworthy and hurtful person.


That he (Hamlet) is a misogynist who believes that women should not move freely in public.


That he suspects that Polonius is behind Ophelia’s sudden breakup with him.


That he feels rejected by Ophelia and is, in fact, mad for her love.

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