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We will not part from hence. Cesario, come,
LEONTES, King of Sicilia.
} Shepherdesses DORCASS
Jailer, Shepherds, Shepherdesses, and Attendants.
SCENE, partly in Sicilia, and partly in Bithynia. The plot taken from the old story-book of Dorastus and Faunia.
N. B. The country here called Bithynia bath in all former editions been printed Bohemia an inland kingdom situated nearly in the centre of Europe, whereas many of the great incidents of the play turn upon its being a maritime country of whicb Polixenes eas the king. This is a blunder, and an absurdity of which Shakespcar in justice ought not to be thought capable: and as be bath turn'd quite anew the story contain'd in the old pallery book of Doraftus and Faunia, changing most of the main circumstances and all the names of the persons; it is probable be removed this impropriety, and placed the scene in Bithynia, echich tbe ignorance and negligence of the firß transcribers or printers might corrupt and bring back again to Bohemia by a lefs variation in the letters than they bave been guilty of in numberless otber places of tbis work.