Polonius is a character who is known for being long-winded in every scene in which he plays a role. Hamlet, act 1, scene 3, specifically follows Polonius and his two children, Laertes and Ophelia. The scene opens with Laertes and Ophelia having a conversation related to Hamlet, Ophelia's love. Laertes feels great concern for her and warns her, rather verbosely in the form of thirty-three lines, against Hamlet and his possible ulterior motives. Yet, Laertes then realizes that it is time for him to depart for France.
As he is about to leave, Polonius enters the scene. Realizing that his son is attempting to leave, Polonius begins with, "Yet here, Laertes? Aboard, aboard, for shame! / The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail / And you are stayed for. There, my blessing with thee" (55–57). If this had been where Polonius ended, it would have been a thoughtful goodbye to his son. However, Polonius follows his blessing up with the statement "And these few precepts in thy memory" in line 58 and proceeds to list his "few" precepts for the next twenty-three lines.
Once Laertes is finally able to break away, Polonius, too, brings up the subject of Hamlet with Ophelia. Yet, like Laertes, Polonius gives little space for Ophelia to speak and instead gives her his "words of wisdom" about men for twenty lines (115–135). The scene, being so monologue-heavy with three long monologues delivered by father and son, creates a sense of the caring but commandeering attitude that Polonius feels for his children and Laertes feels for Ophelia. In this case, the axiom "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree" holds up as we see Laertes following in his father's talkative footsteps.