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Hamlet in his reply to Polonius's query, flouts this maxim.
By being literal in interpreting Polonius's speech Hamlet seems to be acting as an uncooperative hearer; 'word, words, words'; Hamlet flouts the maxim of quantity here along with the maxim of manner.
The complexity in Hamlet's speech is strengthened because most often when he flouts one maxim another maxim is flouted by default.
Hamlet not only flouts the maxim of quality here by being insincere in his reply, he also flouts the maxim of quantity by default.
Similarly he flouts the maxim of quality by default when he flouts the maxim of relation in the exchange discussed earlier about ,the sun breeding maggots in a ,dead dog (lines:181-2) He is being metaphorical rather than literal.
Cutting, 2002: 34-5) Speakers may observe or flout the maxims according to their purpose.
How, when a woman's right to treat her body as she wants is sacrosanct, can she flout a man's right to do the same?
The Company will also be fined $20,000 for every day it flouts the Court's March 16, 1999 contempt Order.