The Winter's Tale

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Polixenes and Camillo
importunate (adj.) persistent, pressing, insistent


I pray thee, good Camillo, be no more

importunate. 'Tis a sickness denying thee anything; a

death to grant this.


It is fifteen years since I saw my country.

Though I have for the most part been aired abroad, I
air abroad live abroad, experience foreign climates

desire to lay my bones there. Besides, the penitent King,

my master, hath sent for me; to whose feeling sorrows I
feeling (adj.) 1 deeply felt, heartfelt, acutely sensed

might be some allay – or I o'erween to think so – which
allay (n.) means of lessening, source of abatement
overween (v.) 2 presume, venture, take the liberty

is another spur to my departure.


As thou lov'st me, Camillo, wipe not out the

rest of thy services by leaving me now. The need I have

of thee thine own goodness hath made. Better not to

have had thee than thus to want thee. Thou, having
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without See Topics: Frequency count

made me businesses which none without thee can

sufficiently manage, must either stay to execute them

thyself or take away with thee the very services thou hast

done; which, if I have not enough considered – as too
consider (v.) 2 reward, recompense, requite

much I cannot – to be more thankful to thee shall be my

study, and my profit therein the heaping friendships. Of

that fatal country, Sicilia, prithee speak no more, whose

very naming punishes me with the remembrance of that
remembrance (n.) 1 memory, bringing to mind, recollection See Topics: Frequency count

penitent, as thou call'st him, and reconciled king, my

brother; whose loss of his most precious queen and

children are even now to be afresh lamented. Say to me,

when saw'st thou the Prince Florizel, my son? Kings

are no less unhappy, their issue not being gracious, than
gracious (adj.) 6 good, virtuous, well-behaved
issue (n.) 1 child(ren), offspring, family, descendant See Topics: Frequency count

they are in losing them when they have approved their
approve (v.) 1 prove, confirm, corroborate, substantiate



Sir, it is three days since I saw the Prince. What

his happier affairs may be are to me unknown; but I

have missingly noted he is of late much retired from
missingly (adv.) by being aware of absence, with a sense of loss
retired (adj.) 1 withdrawn, secluded, cloistered

court, and is less frequent to his princely exercises than
exercise (n.) 2 manly sport, martial practice
frequent (adj.) 2 addicted, inclined, disposed

formerly he hath appeared.


I have considered so much, Camillo, and

with some care; so far that I have eyes under my service

which look upon his removedness, from whom I have
intelligence (n.) 1 information, news, communication
removedness (n.) absence [from court], nonattendance

this intelligence: that he is seldom from the house of a

most homely shepherd – a man, they say, that from very
homely (adj.) 1 plain, simple, ordinary

nothing, and beyond the imagination of his neighbours,

is grown into an unspeakable estate.
estate (n.) 1 state, situation, circumstances
unspeakable (adj.) indescribable, inexpressible, beyond description


I have heard, sir, of such a man, who hath a

daughter of most rare note: the report of her is extended
note (n.) 1 attention, notice, regard
rare (adj.) 2 unusual, striking, exceptional

more than can be thought to begin from such a cottage.


That's likewise part of my intelligence, but, I

fear, the angle that plucks our son thither. Thou shalt
angle (n.) 1 fishing rod, line, hook

accompany us to the place, where we will, not appearing

what we are, have some question with the shepherd;
question (n.) 6 conversation, discourse, piece of talk

from whose simplicity I think it not uneasy to get the
uneasy (adj.) 1 not easy, hard, difficult

cause of my son's resort thither. Prithee be my present

partner in this business, and lay aside the thoughts of



I willingly obey your command.


My best Camillo! We must disguise



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