The Winter's Tale

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Camillo and Archidamus


If you shall chance, Camillo, to visit Bohemia,

on the like occasion whereon my services are now
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal See Topics: Frequency count

on foot, you shall see, as I have said, great difference
foot, on 1 in employment, taking place, under way

betwixt our Bohemia and your Sicilia.


I think this coming summer the King of Sicilia

means to pay Bohemia the visitation which he justly

owes him.


Wherein our entertainment shall shame
entertainment (n.) 2 pleasant reception, favourable welcome

us: we will be justified in our loves. For indeed –
justify (v.) 3 excuse, exonerate, clear


Beseech you –


Verily, I speak it in the freedom of my
verily (adv.) in truth, truly, indeed See Topics: Swearing

knowledge: we cannot with such magnificence, in so

rare – I know not what to say. We will give you sleepy
sleepy (adj.) 1 sleep-inducing, soporific

drinks, that your senses, unintelligent of our insufficience,
insufficience (n.) insufficiency, inadequacy, deficiencies
unintelligent (adj.) oblivious, unaware, ignorant

may, though they cannot praise us, as little

accuse us.


You pay a great deal too dear for what's given



Believe me, I speak as my understanding

instructs me and as mine honesty puts it to utterance.


Sicilia cannot show himself over-kind to Bohemia.

They were trained together in their childhoods;

and there rooted betwixt them then such an affection,

which cannot choose but branch now. Since their more

mature dignities and royal necessities made separation

of their society, their encounters, though not personal,

hath been royally attorneyed with interchange of gifts,
attorney (v.) carry out by a substitute, peform by proxy

letters, loving embassies: that they have seemed to be
embassy (n.) 1 message [especially via an ambassador]

together, though absent; shook hands as over a vast;
vast (n.) 1 great expanse, immense space, waste

and embraced, as it were, from the ends of opposed

winds. The heavens continue their loves!


I think there is not in the world either

malice or matter to alter it. You have an unspeakable
matter (n.) 5 reason, cause, ground

comfort of your young prince Mamillius. It is a gentleman

of the greatest promise that ever came into my note.
note (n.) 1 attention, notice, regard


I very well agree with you in the hopes of him.

It is a gallant child; one that indeed physics the subject,
physic (v.) 1 cure, correct, dose with medicine
subject (n.) 1 subjects, people [of a state]

makes old hearts fresh. They that went on crutches ere

he was born desire yet their life to see him a man.


Would they else be content to die?
content (adj.) 2 contented, patient, accepting, undisturbed


Yes – if there were no other excuse why they

should desire to live.


If the King had no son, they would desire

to live on crutches till he had one.


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