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Actually, Polonius was speaking to Laertes with his, “apparel oft proclaims the man.”
Like you, I’m agnostic on the topic of doing to impress; I’m, thus, especially fond of Polonius’ last few lines in his counsel:
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
I also see circular irony in quoting a man who presumably practiced what he preached, dressed to impress, yet was called a “fool” (not gaining sought-after respect, the goal of charisma), yet offers his son such sound (wise) advice.
Intentional or not: Nicely played.
Thank you both for the correction and the unintentional irony.
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