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106 examples of  polonius  in sentences

106 examples of polonius in sentences

It may be mentioned incidentally, as a curious meteorological coincidence, that Whales and Waterspouts are invariably seen together, and hence it was, (perhaps,) that the long-necked cloud pointed out by HAMLET to POLONIUS, reminded that old Grampus of a Whale.

Before Hamlet fell into the melancholy way which has been related, he had dearly loved a fair maid called Ophelia, the daughter of Polonius, the king's chief counsellor in affairs of state.

This artifice was particularly adapted to the disposition of Polonius, who was a man grown old in crooked maxims and policies of state, and delighted to get at the knowledge of matters in an indirect and cunning way.

"Nay, then," said the queen, "if you shew me so little respect, I will set those to you that can speak," and was going to send the king or Polonius to him.

But when he dragged forth the body, it was not the king, but Polonius, the old officious counsellor, that had planted himself as a spy behind the hangings.

And now Hamlet was at leisure to consider who it was that in his unfortunate rashness he had killed: and when he came to see that it was Polonius, the father of the lady Ophelia, whom he so dearly loved, he drew apart the dead body, and, his spirits being now a little quieter, he wept for what he had done.

The unfortunate death of Polonius gave the king a pretence for sending Hamlet out of the kingdom.

The advice of Polonius to his son Laertes, in Shakspeare's tragedy of "Hamlet," is most excellent; and although given to one of the male sex, will equally apply to a "fayre ladye:" "Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy; For the apparel oft proclaims the man.

Gertrude the Queene, Hamlet, Polonius, Laertes, and his Sister Ophelia, Lords Attendant.

Enter Claudius, King of Denmarke, Gertrad the Queene, Counsaile: as Polonius, and his sonne Laertes, Hamelt Cum Abijs.] King.

Oh, feare me not.[10] Enter Polonius.

[Footnote 9: Here in Quarto, Enter Polonius.]

[Footnote 12: As many of Polonius' aphorismic utterances as are given in the 1st Quarto have there inverted commas; but whether intended as gleanings from books or as fruits of experience, the light they throw on the character of him who speaks them is the same: they show it altogether selfish.

But, wise in maxim, Polonius is foolish in practicenot from senility, but from vanity.]

Enter Polonius, and Reynoldo.

[Sidenote: Enter old Polonius, with his man, or two.] Polon.

In the agony of a doubt upon which seemed to hang the bliss or bale of his being, yet not altogether unintimidated by a sense of his intrusion, he walks into the house of Polonius, and into the chamber of Ophelia.

7.] [Footnote 2: Polonius is a man of faculty.

Enter Polonius.

[Sidenote: our hastie] Enter Polonius, Voltumand, and Cornelius.

[Footnote 2: I cannot tell which is the right reading; if the Q.'s, it means, 'I hold my duty precious as my soul, whether to my God or my king'; if the F.'s, it is a little confused by the attempt of Polonius to make a fine euphuistic speech:'I hold my duty as I hold my soul,both at the command of my God, one at the command of my king.']

[Footnote 6: As there is no imagination in Polonius, we cannot look for great aptitude in figure.

But as to Hamlet, and how matters were with him, what Polonius says is worth nothing.]

Each is given to moralizingbut compare their reflections: those of Polonius reveal a lover of himself, those of Hamlet a lover of his kind; Polonius is interested in success; Hamlet in humanity.]

[Footnote 2: It is well here to recall the modes of the word leave: 'Give me leave,' Polonius says with proper politeness to the king and queen when he wants them to gothat is, 'Grant me your departure'; but he would, going himself, take his leave, his departure, of or from themby their permission to go.

You say right, sir; &c.' He takes up a speech that means nothing, and might mean anything, to turn aside the suspicion their whispering might suggest to Polonius that they had been talking about himso better to lay his trap for him.]

[Footnote 11: He mentions the actor to lead Polonius so that his prophecy of him shall come true.]

[Footnote 13: Polonius thinks he is refusing to believe him.]

[Footnote 5: Polonius would lead him on to talk of his daughter.]

Does Hamlet suggest that as Jephthah so Polonius had sacrificed his daughter?

[Footnote 7: Polonius is waiting at the door: this is intended for his hearing.]

[Page 116] Enter King, Queene, Polonius, Ophelia, Rosincrance, Guildenstern, and Lords.

[Footnote 13: Whether he trusts Ophelia or not, he does not take her statement for correct, and says this in the hope that Polonius is not too far off to hear it.

Enter King, and Polonius.

[Footnote 3: Polonius is crestfallen, but positive.]

Polonius thinks she is about to disclose what has passed, and informs her of its needlessness.

Polonius, for his daughter's sake, and his own in her, begs for him another chance.]

[Page 134] Enter Polonius, Rosincrance, and Guildensterne.

Exit Polonius.

[Sidenote: detected,] Enter King, Queene, Polonius, Ophelia, Rosincrance, Guildensterne, and other Lords attendant with his Guard carrying Torches.

[Sidenote: Enter Trumpets and Kettle Drummes, King, Queene, Polonius, Ophelia.]

He poysons him i'th Garden for's estate: [Sidenote: A poysons | for his] [Footnote 1: said, perhaps, to Polonius.

God blesse you Sir. Enter Polonius.

[Footnote 2: to Polonius.]

We will haste vs. Exeunt Gent Enter Polonius.

Perhaps Polonius means 'from a position of advantage.'

Enter Queene and Polonius.

Killes Polonius.

There is no blunder here: being where he was, the death of Polonius was necessary now to the death of the king.

Exit Hamlet tugging in Polonius.

[Footnote 5: It may cross him, as he says this, dragging the body out by one end of it, and toward the end of its history, that he is himself drawing toward an end along with Polonius.]

[Footnote 9: She is faithful to her son, declaring him mad, and attributing the death of 'the unseen' Polonius to his madness.]

Ho Guildenstern: Friends both go ioyne you with some further ayde: Hamlet in madnesse hath Polonius slaine, And from his Mother Clossets hath he drag'd him.

the point indeed was rather against Hamlet, as showing it was not Polonius he had thought to kill.

We have seen the strange, almost discordant mingling in him of horror and humour, after the first appearance of the Ghost, 58, 60: something of the same may be supposed when he finds he has killed Polonius: in the highstrung nervous condition that must have followed such a talk with his mother, it would be nowise strange that he should weep heartily even in the midst of contemptuous anger.

Now Hamlet, where's Polonius?

Where is Polonius.

[Footnote 5: 'and we care for your safety as much as we grieve for the death of Polonius.']

For good Polonius death; and we haue done but greenly [Sidenote: 182] In hugger mugger to interre him.

He can act innocence the better that his conscience is clear as to Polonius.]

Hesitation belongs to the noble nature, to Hamlet; precipitation to the poor nature, to Laertes, the son of Polonius.

The tone of his reply to Horatio is that of one who has been made the unintending cause of a deserved fate: the thing having fallen out so, the Divinity having so shaped their ends, there was nothing in their character, any more than in that of Polonius, to make him regret their death, or the part he had had in it.]

His apology has no reference to the fate of his father or his sister; Hamlet is not aware that Laertes associates him with either, and plainly the public did not know Hamlet killed Polonius; while Laertes could have no intention of alluding to the fact, seeing it would frustrate his scheme of treachery.]

[Footnote 15: those of the queen, Polonius, and Ophelia.]

[Footnote 17: those of the king and Polonius.]

It is a wonderful collection of condensed sermons, wise precepts, and moral lessons, suggesting Chaucer's "Good Counsel," Pope's "Essay on Man," and Polonius's advice to Laertes, in Hamlet; only it is more packed with thought than any of these.

The sententious Polonius says in Hamlet: "Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.

Henry Newbolt Polonius's Advice to Laertes...............

From "The Sportlight." POLONIUS'S ADVICE TO LAERTES A father's advice to his son how to conduct himself in the world: Don't tell all you think, or put into action thoughts out of harmony or proportion with the occasion.

A Good Name, 109; Cowards, 194; Good Deeds, 216; Having Done and Doing, 52; Opportunity, 54; Order and the Bees, 75; Painting the Lily, 188; Polonius's Advice to Laertes, 49; Sadness and Merriment, 218; Sleep and the Monarch, 142; Stability, 157; The Belly and the Members, 152; The Life Without Passion, 213. SHELLEY, PERCY BYSSHE.

Polonius, Laertes, Horatio, and the rest might all have been utterly different, or might never have existed at all, and yet the essence of the play might have remained intact.

* Hamlet was a Sulphite; Polonius a Bromide.

Here, we are told to admire a bell, and there, a throne; here, a pulpit, and there, a butcher's shop; here, "the two hearts," and there, a fountain frozen into alabaster; and in every case we assent to the resemblance in the unquestioning mood of Polonius.

To the amusement of all, and to my increased consternation, he drew forth a volume of the "Wild Irish Girl," (which he had brought to return to Lady Ck) and, reading, with his deep, emphatic voice, one of the most high-flown of its passages, he paused, and patting the page with his forefinger, with the look of Hamlet addressing Polonius, he said, "Little girl, why did you write such nonsense?


And so I charge ye, by the thorny crown, And by the cross on which the Saviour bled, And by your own soul's hope for fair renown, Let something good be said! POLONIUS' ADVICE Give thy thoughts no tongue, Nor any unproportion'd thought his act.

Thus Polonius says to Hamlet, "I did enact Julius Cรฆsar; I was killed i' the capitol" (Hamlet, act iii.

So long as we require our schoolmasters to be politic, conforming, undisturbing men, setting up Polonius as an ideal for them, so long will their influence deaden the souls of our sons.

Many early nestings are recorded as the result of mild weather, and at least one occasional visitor (Polonius bombifer) has laid eggs in various parts of the country.

Reason, which serves well enough in the everyday conditions of life, becomes a drivelling fool, like Polonius, in exceptional cases.

The play of Hamlet is opened, without impropriety, by two centinels; Iago bellows at Brabantio's window, without injury to the scheme of the play, though in terms which a modern audience would not easily endure; the character of Polonius is seasonable and useful; and the Gravediggers themselves may be heard with applause.

That he could play comic characters chastely was amply shown in his Polonius; and touch the finer feelings of our nature was exemplified in his Old Dornton, in Holcroft's catching play of the Road to Ruin.

The advice of Polonius to his son and such literature was to me the ancient wisdom.

The counsels of old Polonius to Laertes are less sublime than Hamlet's soliloquy, but they have their place.

There haunts in Time's bare house an active ghost, Enamoured of his name, Polonius.

How he lowers his tone down to that of common life, when he has to do with persons whose station demands from him such a line of conduct; when he makes game of Polonius and the courtiers, instructs the player, and even enters into the jokes of the grave-digger.

I remember Hamlet takes Lord Polonius by the hand shows him a cloud, and then asks him if he does not think it is like a whale.

When one has seen the whole scene shifted round and round so often, one only smiles, whoever is the present Polonius or the Gravedigger, whether they jeer the Prince, or flatter his phrenzy.

An ancient poet has outdone Polonius in the advice he gives: "To thyself be faithful: if in thy heart thou strayest not from truth, without prayer of thine the Gods will keep thee whole."

This Hamlet was never rude to Polonius.

OPHELIA, the daughter of Polonius in "Hamlet" and in love with the lord, but whose heart, from the succession of shocks it receives, is shattered and broken.

It is very much less necessary that the audience should laugh at Polonius' quips than that the quips should in no wise impair his position as courtier, as royal adviser, as father of two excellent children, and, at the last, as a man who met death with tragic dignity.

From the time of Polonius downward a court-chamberlain has always been a news-monger.

POLONIUS, a Collection of Wise Saws and Modern Instances.

According as this or that question came into the foreground, parties and groups in the House of Representatives shifted and changed like the cloud shown to Polonius.

Hamlet says to Polonius, "My lord, you played once in the university, you say."

To which Polonius replies, "That I did, my lord, and was accounted a good actor.

Do not suppose, Fastidiosus, that the playing of Polonius was any such light affair as you and I used to be concerned in up in the fourth story of "Stoughton," when we were members of the Hasty Pudding.


The ground of this neglect, in so far as it exists, must be found, I suppose, in the general sentiment that, like the beard of Polonius, he is too long.