In Act 1, Scene 3 of Hamlet, what evidence is there of Polonius's long-windedness?

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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.

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Laertes comes to say his goodbyes to his sister, Ophelia, and his father, Polonius, before he heads off to France. He warns Ophelia that Hamlet's affections might just be a phase. Then it is Polonius's turn to offer advice to Laertes. And he does: a lot of advice. Polonius runs through a slew of maxims, warnings, and pieces of advice. All of these are cliches, so there is not much substance to what he is saying. It's as if he's talking to hear himself speak, to make it appear that he is full of wisdom. He is like the parent sending his child off to college, trying to squeeze in as many life lessons as he can at the last second: 

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice;

Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment;

Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy;

But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy; (I.iii.72-75) 

Polonius goes on and on for over twenty lines. Polonius also feels the need to offer Ophelia advice. He, like Laertes, is skeptical of Hamlet's motives. So, he gives her a bit of a lecture as well. Ironically, he tells her not to waste any time with Hamlet and yet, here he is with his long-winded lecture to her, essentially wasting her time. 

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