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SCENE I. A room in LEONTES' palace.
Enter HERMIONE, MAMILLIUS, and Ladies.
Her. Take the boy to you: he so troubles me, 'Tis past enduring.
Come, my gracious lord,
No, I'll none of you.
Shall I be your playfellow?
First Lady. Why, my sweet lord?
Mam. You'll kiss me hard and speak to me as if
I were a baby still. I love you better.
Not for because
Sec. Lady. And why so, my lord?
Or a half-moon made with a pen.
Who taught you this?
Mam. I learnt it out of women's faces.
What colour are your eyebrows?
Blue, my lord.
Mam. Nay, that's a mock: I have seen a lady's
That has been blue, but not her eyebrows.
The queen your mother rounds apace: we shall
II. Who taught you this? Rowe's reading for F1 who taught
One of these days; and then you'ld wanton with
If we would have you.
She is spread of late
Into a goodly bulk: good time encounter her!
Her. What wisdom stirs amongst you? Come,
I am for you again: pray you, sit by us,
And tell's a tale.
Merry or sad shall 't be ?
Her. As merry as you will.
Mam. A sad tale's best for winter: I have one
Of sprites and goblins.
Let's have that, good sir.
Come on, sit down: come on, and do your best
To fright me with your sprites; you're powerful
Mam. There was a man
Nay, come, sit down; then on.
Mam. Dwelt by a churchyard: I will tell it
Yond crickets shall not hear it.
And give 't me in mine ear.
Come on, then,
Enter LEONTES, with ANTIGONUS, Lords, and
Leon. Was he met there? his train? Camillo with him?
First Lord. Behind the tuft of pines I met
Saw I men scour so on their way: I eyed them
How blest am I
In my just censure, in my true opinion!
18. wanton, sport.
Alack, for lesser knowledge! how accursed
The abhorr'd ingredient to his eye, make known
Camillo was his help in this, his pandar:
There is a plot against my life, my crown;
Remain a pinch'd thing;
So easily open?
yea, a very trick
How came the posterns
By his great authority;
Which often hath no less prevail'd than so
On your command.
I know 't too well.
Give me the boy: I am glad you did not nurse
Though he does bear some signs of me, yet you
What is this? sport?
Leon. Bear the boy hence; he shall not come
Away with him! and let her sport herself
With that she's big with; for 'tis Polixenes
Has made thee swell thus.
39. There may be in the cup,
The spider was held to be venomous, but with the reserve that ignorance was a charm against its infection.
But I'ld say he had not,
45. hefts, retchings.
50. He has discover'd, (Camillo) has betrayed.
51. pinch'd, tricked, outwitted. ib. trick, toy, plaything.
And I'll be sworn you would believe my saying,
The justice of your hearts will thereto add
The shrug, the hum or ha, these petty brands
Virtue itself: these shrugs, these hums and ha's,
She's an adulteress.
Should a villain say so,
The most replenish'd villain in the world,
You have mistook, my lady,
Polixenes for Leontes: O thou thing,
Which I'll not call a creature of thy place,
64. to the nayward, to denial.
82. thou thing, which I'll not call, etc.; he will not call a queen by the bold title' she has deserved.
A federary with her, and one that knows
No, by my life,
Privy to none of this. How will this grieve you,
In those foundations which I build upon,
A school-boy's top. Away with her! to prison !
There's some ill planet reigns:
I must be patient till the heavens look
With an aspect more favourable. Good my lords,
With thoughts so qualified as your charities
The king's will be perform'd!
Shall I be heard?
Her. Who is 't that goes with me?
My women may be with me; for you see
(as the centre of the planetary system).