Pericles


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Enter Thaliard alone


THALIARD

So this is Tyre, and this the court. Here must

I kill King Pericles; and if I do it not, I am sure to be

hanged at home. 'Tis dangerous. Well, I perceive he

was a wise fellow and had good discretion that, being

bid to ask what he would of the king, desired he might

know none of his secrets. Now do I see he had some

reason for't, for if a king bid a man be a villain, he's

bound by the indenture of his oath to be one. Husht!
indenture (n.) 2 contract, agreement

Here comes the lords of Tyre.

Enter Helicanus and Escanes, with other lords


HELICANUS

You shall not need, my fellow peers of Tyre,

Further to question me of your King's departure.
question (v.) 3 enquire about, discuss, deliberate

His sealed commission, left in trust with me,
commission (n.) 1 warrant, authority [to act]

Doth speak sufficiently he's gone to travel.
go (v.) 2 go off, set about, proceed


THALIARD

(aside)

How? the King gone?


HELICANUS

If further yet you will be satisfied

Why, as it were, unlicensed of your loves
unlicensed (adj.) without permission, lacking the assent

He would depart, I'll give some light unto you.

Being at Antioch –


THALIARD

(aside)

                         What from Antioch?


HELICANUS

Royal Antiochus, on what cause I know not,

Took some displeasure at him; at least he judged so.

And doubting lest he had erred or sinned,
doubt (v.) 1 fear, be afraid [for], feel anxious [for]

To show his sorrow he'd correct himself;
correct (v.) punish, chastise, reprimand

So puts himself unto the shipman's toil,

With whom each minute threatens life or death.


THALIARD

(aside)

Well, I perceive I shall not be hanged

now although I would; but since he's gone, the King's

seas must please; he 'scaped the land to perish at the
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid See Topics: Frequency count

sea. I'll present myself.

He comes forward

Peace to the lords of Tyre!


HELICANUS

Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome.


THALIARD

From him I come

With message unto princely Pericles,

But since my landing I have understood

Your lord has betaken himself to unknown travels.

Now my message must return from whence it came.


HELICANUS

We have no reason to desire it,

Commended to our master, not to us.
commend (v.) 6 declare, offer, direct

Yet, ere you shall depart, this we desire,

As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre.

Exeunt

 
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