Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Cloten and Lords


Your lordship is the most patient man in loss,

the most coldest that ever turned up ace.
ace (n.) one [lowest score on a dice]
cold (adj.) 2 unruffled, impassive, unimpassioned


It would make any man cold to lose.
cold (adj.) 8 gloomy, depressed, dispirited


But not every man patient after the noble temper
temper (n.) 1 frame of mind, temperament, disposition

of your lordship. You are most hot and furious
furious (adj.) 1 passionate, uproarious, excitable

when you win.


Winning will put any man into courage. If I could

get this foolish Innogen, I should have gold enough.

It's almost morning, is't not?


Day, my lord.


I would this music would come: I am advised to give

her music a mornings, they say it will penetrate.
penetrate (v.) pierce the feelings, touch the heart [also: sexual innuendo]

Enter Musicians

Come on, tune: if you can penetrate her with your

fingering, so: we'll try with tongue too: if none will
tongue (n.) 1 speech, expression, language, words, voice

do, let her remain: but I'll never give o'er. First, a
give over (v.) 3 cease, finish, leave off

very excellent good-conceited thing; after, a wonderful
good-conceited (adj.) cleverly devised, ingeniously composed

sweet air, with admirable rich words to it, and
admirable (adv.) wonderfully
air (n.) 1 melody, tune, strain

then let her consider.
consider (v.) 1 reflect, think carefully, ponder, contemplate


Hark, hark, the lark at heaven's gate sings,

And Phoebus gins arise,
gin, 'gin (v.) begin [to]

His steeds to water at those springs

On chaliced flowers that lies;
chaliced (adj.) with cup-shaped blossom

And winking Mary-buds begin to ope their golden eyes;
Mary-bud (n.) marigold bud See Topics: Plants
ope (v.) open See Topics: Frequency count
winking (adj.) 3 with closed petals

With every thing that pretty is, my lady sweet arise:

Arise, arise!


So get you gone: if this penetrate, I will consider
consider (v.) 2 reward, recompense, requite

your music the better: if it do not, it is a vice in her

ears, which horse-hairs, and calves'-guts, nor the
calves'-guts (n.) violin strings
horse-hairs (n.) bow-strings

voice of unpaved eunuch to boot, can never amend.
boot, to in addition, as well See Topics: Swearing
unpaved (adj.) without stones [testicles], castrated

Exeunt Musicians


Here comes the king.


I am glad I was up so late, for that's the reason I was

up so early: he cannot choose but take this service I

have done fatherly.
fatherly (adv.) in a paternal manner, with a father's love

Enter Cymbeline and Queen
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count

Good morrow to your majesty, and to my gracious



Attend you here the door of our stern daughter?
attend (v.) 9 be present [at], be found [at]

Will she not forth?


I have assailed her with musics, but she vouchsafes
assail (v.) 2 approach with offers of love, woo with vigour, attempt to seduce
vouchsafe (v.) 1 allow, permit, grant See Topics: Politeness

no notice.


The exile of her minion is too new,
minion (n.) 1 darling, favourite, select one

She hath not yet forgot him, some more time

Must wear the print of his remembrance on't,
remembrance (n.) 1 memory, bringing to mind, recollection See Topics: Frequency count

And then she's yours.


                         You are most bound to th' king,

Who lets go by no vantages that may
vantage (n.) 1 right moment, suitable opportunity

Prefer you to his daughter: frame yourself
frame (v.) 2 adapt, adjust, shape, accommodate
prefer (v.) 1 promote, advance, recommend

To orderly solicits, and be friended
friend (v.) 1 befriend, sustain, assist
solicit (n.) entreaty, solicitation, wooing

With aptness of the season: make denials
aught (n.) anything, [with negative word] nothing See Topics: Frequency count
season (n.) 1 time, due time, occasion

Increase your services: so seem, as if

You were inspired to do those duties which

You tender to her: that you in all obey her,
tender (v.) 1 offer, give, present

Save when command to your dismission tends,
dismission (n.) 1 rejection, dismissal, repudiation

And therein you are senseless.
senseless (adj.) 2 unconscious, insensible, oblivious


                         Senseless? Not so.

Enter a Messenger
like (v.) 1 please, suit See Topics: Politeness


So like you, sir, ambassadors from Rome;

The one is Caius Lucius.


                         A worthy fellow,

Albeit he comes on angry purpose now;
purpose (n.) 2 point at issue, matter in hand

But that's no fault of his: we must receive him

According to the honour of his sender,

And towards himself, his goodness forespent on us,
forespent (adj.) previously shown, earlier displayed

We must extend our notice. Our dear son,
extend (v.) 2 stretch, push so far, give scope to

When you have given good morning to your mistress,

Attend the queen and us; we shall have need
attend (v.) 4 accompany, follow closely, go with

T' employ you towards this Roman. Come, our queen.

Exeunt all but Cloten


If she be up, I'll speak with her: if not,

Let her lie still, and dream. By your leave, ho!
still (adj.) 4 at rest, in repose


I Know her women are about her: what

If I do line one of their hands? 'Tis gold

Which buys admittance – oft it doth – yea, and makes
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count

Diana's rangers false themselves, yield up
false (v.) make false, betray, corrupt
ranger (n.) gamekeeper, forester

Their deer to th' stand o'th' stealer: and 'tis gold
stand (n.) 1 [hunting] standing-place, hiding-place

Which makes the true-man killed, and saves the thief:
save (v.) 4 spare, allow to live
true (adj.) 4 honest, upright, law-abiding

Nay, sometime hangs both thief, and true-man: what

Can it not do, and undo? I will make

One of her women lawyer to me, for

I yet not understand the case myself.

By your leave.


Enter a Lady


Who's there that knocks?


                         A gentleman.


                                                         No more?


Yes, and a gentlewoman's son.


                         That's more

Than some whose tailors are as dear as yours

Can justly boast of. What's your lordship's pleasure?


Your lady's person, is she ready?
ready (adj.) 4 dressed, clothed



To keep her chamber.
keep (v.) 2 stay within, remain inside


                         There is gold for you,

Sell me your good report.


How, my good name? Or to report of you

What I shall think is good? The princess!

Exit Lady

Enter Innogen
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count


Good morrow, fairest: sister, your sweet hand.


Good morrow, sir. You lay out too much pains
lay out (v.) expend, spend, use up

For purchasing but trouble: the thanks I give

Is telling you that I am poor of thanks,

And scarce can spare them.
still (adv.) 2 ever, now [as before]


                         Still I swear I love you.


If you but said so, 'twere as deep with me:
deep (adj.) 1 solemn, weighty, important

If you swear still, your recompense is still
still (adv.) 2 ever, now [as before]

That I regard it not.


                         This is no answer.


But that you shall not say I yield being silent,

I would not speak. I pray you spare me: 'faith

I shall unfold equal discourtesy
unfold (v.) 1 display, reveal, show

To your best kindness: one of your great knowing
knowing (n.) 2 knowledge of the world, experience, savoir-faire

Should learn – being taught – forbearance.
forbearance (n.) 1 patience, restraint, moderation


To leave you in your madness, 'twere my sin,

I will not.


Fools are not mad folks.


                         Do you call me fool?


As I am mad I do:

If you'll be patient, I'll no more be mad,

That cures us both. I am much sorry, sir,

You put me to forget a lady's manners,
put (v.) 4 cause, encourage, provoke

By being so verbal: and learn now, for all,
verbal (adj.) talkative, verbose, vocal

That I, which know my heart, do here pronounce,

By th' very truth of it, I care not for you,

And am so near the lack of charity –

To accuse myself – I hate you: which I had rather

You felt than make't my boast.


                         You sin against

Obedience, which you owe your father; for

The contract you pretend with that base wretch,
base (adj.) 2 low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank See Topics: Frequency count
pretend (v.) 1 claim, avow, profess

One bred of alms, and fostered with cold dishes,
breed (v.), past form bred 1 raise, bring up, support

With scraps o'th' court, it is no contract, none;

And though it be allowed in meaner parties –
mean (adj.) 1 of low rank, inferior in position, less important

Yet who than he more mean? – to knit their souls –

On whom there is no more dependency
dependency, dependancy (n.) 2 body of dependants

But brats and beggary – in self-figured knot,
self-figured (adj.) self-made, formed by oneself

Yet you are curbed from that enlargement, by
curb (v.) 2 restrain, inhibit, hold back
enlargement (n.) 2 freedom of action, privilege of choice

The consequence o'th' crown, and must not foil
consequence (n.) 3 importance, weighty matter
foil (v.) 2 dishonour, demean, degrade

The precious note of it; with a base slave,
base (adj.) 2 low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank See Topics: Frequency count
note (n.) 7 reputation, distinction, standing

A hilding for a livery, a squire's cloth,
cloth (n.) clothing, dress, outfit
hilding (n.) good-for-nothing, worthless individual
livery (n.) 1 uniform, costume, special clothing See Topics: Frequency count
squire (n.) 4 [contemptuous] servant, follower, attendant

A pantler; not so eminent.
pantler (n.) servant in charge of the bread, pantryman
profane (adj.) 1 blasphemous, irreverent, foul-mouthed


                         Profane fellow

Wert thou the son of Jupiter, and no more

But what thou art besides, thou wert too base
base (adj.) 1 dishonourable, low, unworthy See Topics: Frequency count

To be his groom: thou wert dignified enough,
dignified (adj.) raised in status, invested with dignity

Even to the point of envy, if 'twere made
envy (n.) 2 admiration, desire [to be like], jealousy

Comparative for your virtues to be styled
comparative (adj.) 1 as a means of comparison

The under-hangman of his kingdom; and hated

For being preferred so well.
prefer (v.) 1 promote, advance, recommend
south-fog (n.) contagion brought by the south wind


                         The south-fog rot him!


He never can meet more mischance than come

To be but named of thee. His mean'st garment,
mean (adj.) 2 lowly, humble, poor

That ever hath but clipped his body, is dearer
clip (v.) 1 embrace, clasp, hug

In my respect, than all the hairs above thee,
respect (n.) 3 regard, admiration, favour, opinion

Were they all made such men. How now, Pisanio!

Enter Pisanio


‘ His garment!’ Now, the devil –


To Dorothy my woman hie thee presently.
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count


‘His garment!'
sprite, spright (v.) torment, haunt [as if by a spirit]


                         I am sprited with a fool,

Frighted, and angered worse. Go bid my woman
fright (v.), past form frighted frighten, scare, terrify See Topics: Frequency count

Search for a jewel, that too casually
casually (adv.) accidentally, by mischance

Hath left mine arm: it was thy master's. 'Shrew me,
beshrew, 'shrew (v.) 1 curse, devil take, evil befall See Topics: Frequency count

If I would lose it for a revenue

Of any king's in Europe! I do think

I saw't this morning: confident I am.

Last night 'twas on mine arm; I kissed it:

I hope it be not gone to tell my lord

That I kiss aught but he.


                         'Twill not be lost.


I hope so: go and search.
abuse (v.) 2 misuse, maltreat, treat badly, wrong

Exit Pisanio


                         You have abused me:

‘ His meanest garment!’


                         Ay, I said so, sir:

If you will make't an action, call witness to't.
action (n.) 4 law-suit, legal proceeding, litigation


I will inform your father.


                         Your mother too:

She's my good lady; and will conceive, I hope,
conceive (v.) 2 think, hold an opinion
hope (v.) expect, anticipate, envisage

But the worst of me. So, I leave you, sir,

To th' worst of discontent.



                         I'll be revenged:

‘ His mean'st garment!’ Well.


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