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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter two Gentlemen
blood (n.) 5 disposition, temper, mood


FIRST GENTLEMAN

You do not meet a man but frowns: our bloods

No more obey the heavens than our courtiers

Still seem as does the king's.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count


SECOND GENTLEMAN

                         But what's the matter?


FIRST GENTLEMAN

His daughter, and the heir of's kingdom – whom

He purposed to his wife's sole son, a widow
purpose (v.) 1 intend, plan

That late he married – hath referred herself
refer (v.) 2 assign, give, bestow

Unto a poor but worthy gentleman. She's wedded,

Her husband banished; she imprisoned, all

Is outward sorrow, though I think the king
outward (adj.) 1 external, surface, superficial

Be touched at very heart.
touch (v.) 8 wound, hurt, injure


SECOND GENTLEMAN

                         None but the king?


FIRST GENTLEMAN

He that hath lost her too: so is the queen,

That most desired the match. But not a courtier,

Although they wear their faces to the bent
bent (n.) 1 direction, turning, inclination

Of the king's looks, hath a heart that is not

Glad at the thing they scowl at.


SECOND GENTLEMAN

                         And why so?


FIRST GENTLEMAN

He that hath missed the princess is a thing
thing (n.) [contemptuous] being, creature, base thing

Too bad for bad report: and he that hath her –

I mean, that married her, alack good man,

And therefore banished – is a creature such

As, to seek through the regions of the earth

For one his like; there would be something failing
like (n.) identity, equivalent, counterpart

In him that should compare. I do not think

So fair an outward, and such stuff within
outward (n.) outward show, external appearance, demeanor
stuff (n.) 1 substance, composition, quality, essence

Endows a man, but he.
far (adv.) 1 to great lengths, very highly


SECOND GENTLEMAN

                         You speak him far.


FIRST GENTLEMAN

I do extend him, sir, within himself,
extend (v.) 1 exaggerate, magnify, blow up

Crush him together, rather than unfold

His measure duly.


SECOND GENTLEMAN

                         What's his name and birth?


FIRST GENTLEMAN

I cannot delve him to the root: his father

Was called Sicilius, who did join his honour
honour (n.) 1 fame, renown, glory
join (v.) 3 ally, unite, associate

Against the Romans with Cassibelan,

But had his titles by Tenantius, whom

He served with glory and admired success:
admired (adj.) 1 wonderful, amazing, remarkable

So gained the sur-addition Leonatus:
sur-addition (n.) surname, additional title

And had – besides this gentleman in question –
question (n.) 3 consideration, contention

Two other sons, who in the wars o'th' time

Died with their swords in hand. For which their father,

Then old, and fond of issue, took such sorrow
fond (adj.) 5 eager [for], desirous [of]
fond (adj.) 4 infatuated, doting, passionate
fond (adj.) 6 obsessed [with]
issue (n.) 1 child(ren), offspring, family, descendant See Topics: Frequency count

That he quit being; and his gentle lady,
being (n.) 2 physical existence, life

Big of this gentleman – our theme – deceased
big (adj.) 1 pregnant [with], swollen

As he was born. The king he takes the babe

To his protection, calls him Posthumus Leonatus,

Breeds him, and makes him of his bed-chamber,
breed (v.), past form bred 1 raise, bring up, support

Puts to him all the learnings that his time
learning (n.) 2 field of education, domain of instruction
put to (v.) 1 set before, make available to
time (n.) 4 age, years

Could make him the receiver of, which he took,

As we do air, fast as 'twas ministered,

And in's spring became a harvest; lived in court –

Which rare it is to do – most praised, most loved;
rare (adj.) 1 marvellous, splendid, excellent

A sample to the youngest, to th' more mature
sample (n.) example, exemplar, model

A glass that feated them, and to the graver
feat (v.) show a model of behaviour
glass (n.) 1 mirror, looking-glass See Topics: Frequency count

A child that guided dotards. To his mistress –
dotard (n.) old fool, senile idiot

For whom he now is banished – her own price
price (n.) value, worth, importance

Proclaims how she esteemed him; and his virtue

By her election may be truly read
election (n.) choice, preference

What kind of man he is.


SECOND GENTLEMAN

                         I honour him

Even out of your report. But pray you tell me,

Is she sole child to th' king?


FIRST GENTLEMAN

                         His only child.

He had two sons – if this be worth your hearing,

Mark it – the eldest of them at three years old,
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count

I'th' swathing-clothes the other, from their nursery
swathing-clothes / clouts (n.) swaddling clothes, cloths for wrapping round a new-born baby

Were stolen; and to this hour no guess in knowledge

Which way they went.


SECOND GENTLEMAN

                         How long is this ago?


FIRST GENTLEMAN

Some twenty years.


SECOND GENTLEMAN

That a king's children should be so conveyed,
convey (v.) 1 carry off, make away with, take by force

So slackly guarded, and the search so slow

That could not trace them!


FIRST GENTLEMAN

                         Howsoe'er 'tis strange,

Or that the negligence may well be laughed at,

Yet is it true, sir.


SECOND GENTLEMAN

                         I do well believe you.


FIRST GENTLEMAN

We must forbear. Here comes the gentleman,
forbear (v.) 1 stop, cease, desist See Topics: Frequency count
forbear (v.) 4 withdraw, leave, give way

The queen, and princess.

Exeunt

 
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