Act 2, Sc. 2, lines 173-181: Explain Hamlet's purpose in this conversation.

King. How may we try further?

Polonius. You know sometimes he walks four hours together

Here in the lobby.

Queen. So he does indeed.

Polonius. At such a time I'll loose my daughter to him.

Be you and I behind an arras then.

Mark the encounter: if he love her not,

And be not from his reason fall'n thereon,

Let me be no assistant for a state,

But keep a farm and carters.

King. We will try it.

[Enter Hamlet, reading a book]

Queen. But look where sadly the poor wretch comes reading.

Polonius. Away, I do beseech you both, away.

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Hamlet actually isn't in on this conversation. Polonius is just hatching his plan to have his daughter run into Hamlet so that he and the king may eavesdrop on their conversation.