Dating hamlet book summary
In Polonius’s house, Laertes prepares to leave for France.
Bidding his sister, Ophelia, farewell, he cautions her against falling in love with Hamlet, who is, according to Laertes, too far above her by birth to be able to love her honorably.
Since Hamlet is responsible not only for his own feelings but for his position in the state, it may be impossible for him to marry her.
Ophelia agrees to keep Laertes’ advice as a “watchman” close to her heart but urges him not to give her advice that he does not practice himself.
Ophelia says that it was “something touching the Lord Hamlet” (89).
Polonius asks her about her relationship with Hamlet. Polonius sternly echoes Laertes’ advice, and forbids Ophelia to associate with Hamlet anymore.
He tells her that Hamlet has deceived her in swearing his love, and that she should see through his false vows and rebuff his affections. Read a translation of Act I, scene iii →It is now night.
Hamlet keeps watch outside the castle with Horatio and Marcellus, waiting in the cold for the ghost to appear.
Shortly after midnight, trumpets and gunfire sound from the castle, and Hamlet explains that the new king is spending the night carousing, as is the Danish custom.