Pericles


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Act IV
Act V

Enter Cleon and Dionyza


DIONYZA

Why, are you foolish? Can it be undone?


CLEON

O Dionyza, such a piece of slaughter

The sun and moon ne'er looked upon.


DIONYZA

I think you'll turn a child again.


CLEON

Were I chief lord of all this spacious world,

I'd give it to undo the deed. A lady

Much less in blood than virtue, yet a princess

To equal any single crown o'th' earth

I'th' justice of compare. O villain Leonine!

Whom thou hast poisoned too.

If thou hadst drunk to him, 't had been a kindness

Becoming well thy fact. What canst thou say
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count
fact (n.) evil deed, wicked act, crime

When noble Pericles shall demand his child?


DIONYZA

That she is dead. Nurses are not the Fates.

To foster is not ever to preserve.

She died at night. I'll say so. Who can cross it?
cross (v.) 2 contradict, challenge, go against

Unless you play the impious innocent,
impious (adj.) lacking reverence towards God, wicked, irreligious

And, for an honest attribute, cry out
attribute (n.) reputation, credit, honour

‘ She died by foul play.’


CLEON

                         O, go to! Well, well,

Of all the faults beneath the heavens, the gods

Do like this worst.


DIONYZA

                         Be one of those that thinks

The petty wrens of Tarsus will fly hence

And open this to Pericles. I do shame

To think of what a noble strain you are,

And of how coward a spirit.
coward (adj.) cowardly


CLEON

                         To such proceeding

Whoever but his approbation added,
approbation (n.) 1 expression of approval, pleasurable confirmation, ready sanctioning

Though not his prime consent, he did not flow
prime (adj.) 1 first, original, initial

From honourable courses.
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count
course (n.) 6 flowing stream, tributary, watercourse


DIONYZA

                         Be it so, then.

Yet none does know but you how she came dead,

Nor none can know, Leonine being gone.

She did disdain my child, and stood between
distain (v.) 2 cast a shadow over, outshine, eclipse

Her and her fortunes. None would look on her,

But cast their gazes on Marina's face,

Whilst ours was blurted at, and held a malkin,
blurt at (v.) treat with contempt, scorn, look down on
malkin (n.) wench, drab, slut

Not worth the time of day. It pierced me through.

And though you call my course unnatural,
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count

You not your child well loving, yet I find

It greets me as an enterprise of kindness
greet (v.) 2 please, gratify, satisfy
kindness (n.) 1 kind nature, natural courtesy, natural affection

Performed to your sole daughter.


CLEON

                         Heavens forgive it!


DIONYZA

And as for Pericles,

What should he say? We wept after her hearse,

And yet we mourn. Her monument

Is almost finished, and her epitaphs

In glittering golden characters express
character (n.) 4 letter, letter-shape, graphic symbol

A general praise to her, and care in us

At whose expense 'tis done.
harpy (n.) mythical rapacious bird, half woman, half vulture [symbolizing divine retribution]


CLEON

                         Thou art like the harpy,

Which, to betray, dost with thine angel's face

Seize with thine eagle's talons.


DIONYZA

You are like one that superstitiously

Doth swear to th' gods that winter kills the flies.

But yet I know you'll do as I advise.

Exeunt

 
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