But pardon’t, as you are a gentleman.

I have just noticed that he’s speaking to Laertes with the formal “you” – so while he may be giving him a directive, he is using a highly respectful form of address. Certainly, as the Prince of Denmark, he is entitled to call his peers “thou” – but he doesn’t in this instance. This may, in fact, be a sort of standard formal request for pardon.

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