Hamlet: Novel Summary: Act 1, Scene 3

Laertes says goodbye to his sister Ophelia and warns her not to trust Hamlet.  He tells her that Hamlet is fickle and soon his affections will turn from her.  She asks him not to tell her to live strictly if he intends to live self-indulgently.  He reassures her as their father Polonius enters.  Polonius sends his son off on his return to France.  Polonius then questions his daughter about the nature of her relationship with Hamlet.  Upon learning of his affection for her, Polonius repeats the warning of Laertes.  He tells her to have more respect for herself and not to continue the relationship.  Polonius further instructs Ophelia to refrain from further contact with the Prince.