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I needs must think it honesty. Camillo,
O, my lord,
Flo. Hark, Perdita.- [Takes her aside. I'll hear you by and by.
[To CAMILLO. Cam.
Now, good Camillo,
Sir, I think,
deserv'd: it is my father's musick, To speak your deeds ; not little of his care To have them recompens'd as thought on. Cam.
Well, my lord, If you may please to think I love the king ; And, through him, what is nearest to him, which is Your gracious self; embrace but my direction, (If your more ponderous and settled project May suffer alteration,) on mine honour I'll point you where you shall have such receiving As shall become your highness; where you may Enjoy your mistress ; (from the whom, I see, There's no disjunction to be made, but by, As heavens forefend ! your ruin :) marry her ; And (with my best endeavours, in your absence,) Your discontenting father strive to qualify,' And bring him up to liking. Flo.
How, Camillo, May this, almost a miracle, be done? That I may call thee something more than man, And, after that, trust to thee. Cam.
Have you thought on
Not any yet:
Then list to me :
will not change your purpose, 9 Your discontenting father strive to qualify.) Discontenting is m our author's language the same as discontented. * But as the unthought-on accident is guilty
To what we wildly do ;] Guilty to, though it sounds harsh to our ears, was the phraseology of the time, or at least of Shakspeare ; and this is one of those passages that should caution ús not to disturb his text merely because the language appears dif. ferent from that now in use. Malone.
But undergo this flight ;-Make for Sicilia ;
your fresh princess : o'er and o'er divides him "Twixt his unkindness and his kindness; the one He chides to hell, and bids the other grow, Faster than thought, or time. Flo.
before him? Cam.
Sent by the king your father To greet him, and to give him comforts. Sir, The manner of your bearing towards him, with What you, as from your father, shall deliver, Things known betwixt us three, I'll write you down: The which shall point you forth at every sitting, What you must say ; that he shall not perceive, But that you have your father's bosom there, And speak his very
I am bound to you:
A course more promising
One of these is true :
Yea, say you so? There shall not, at your father's house, these seven
My good Camillo,
I cannot say, 'tis pity
Your pardon, sir, for this :
[They talk aside.
Aut. Ha, ha! what a fool honesty is ! and trust, his sworn brother, a very simple gentleman ! I have sold all my trumpery; not a counterfeit stone, not
* But not take in the mind.] To take in anciently meant to conquer, to get the better of.
a riband, glass, pomander, brooch, table-book, ballad, knife, tape, glove, shoe-tye, bracelet, hornring, to keep my pack from fasting : they throng who should buy first; as if my trinkets had been hallowed, and brought a benediction to the buyer : by which means, I saw whose purse was best in picture; and, what I saw, to my good use, I remembered. My clown, (who wants but something to be a reasonable man,) grew so in love with the wenches' song, that he would not stir his pettitoes, till he had both tune and words; which so drew the rest of the herd to me, that all their other senses stuck in ears: you might have pinched a placket, it was senseless; 'twas nothing, to geld a codpiece of a purse; I would have filed keys off, that hung in chains : no hearing, no feeling, but my sir's song, and admiring the nothing of it. So that, in this time of lethargy, I picked and cut most of their festival purses : and had not the old man come in with a whoobub against his daughter and the king's. son, and scared my choughs from the chaff, I had not left a purse alive in the whole army.
[Camillo, FLORIZEL, and PERDITA, come
forward. Cam. Nay, but my letters by this means being
there So soon as you arrive, shall clear that doubt. Flo. And those that you'll procure from king
Happy be you!
Who have we here
[Seeing AUTOLYCUS. 3 pomander,] A pomander was a little ball made of perfumes, and worn in the pocket, or about the neck, to prevent infection in times of plague.