Justice Stevens mentions that Lord Burghley, guardian of the young de Vere, is generally accepted as the model for the courtier Polonius in "Hamlet." "Burghley was the No. 1 adviser to the queen," says the justice. "De Vere married [Burghley's] daughter, which fits in with Hamlet marrying Polonius's daughter, Ophelia."I don't think the Burghley-Polonius connection is at all "generally accepted." It would certainly be an odd tribute, given that Polonius is a garrulous fool.