The Winter's Tale

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Enter Camillo and Archidamus



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If you shall chance, Camillo, to visit Bohemia,

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on the like occasion whereon my services are now
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal

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

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betwixt our Bohemia and your Sicilia.



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I think this coming summer the King of Sicilia

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means to pay Bohemia the visitation which he justly

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owes him.



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

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



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Beseech you –



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

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knowledge: we cannot with such magnificence, in so

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

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

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may, though they cannot praise us, as little

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accuse us.



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

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Believe me, I speak as my understanding

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instructs me and as mine honesty puts it to utterance.



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Sicilia cannot show himself over-kind to Bohemia.

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They were trained together in their childhoods;

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and there rooted betwixt them then such an affection,

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which cannot choose but branch now. Since their more

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mature dignities and royal necessities made separation

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of their society, their encounters, though not personal,

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

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

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

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

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winds. The heavens continue their loves!



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I think there is not in the world either

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

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comfort of your young prince Mamillius. It is a gentleman

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



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

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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]

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makes old hearts fresh. They that went on crutches ere

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



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



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Yes – if there were no other excuse why they

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should desire to live.



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If the King had no son, they would desire

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to live on crutches till he had one.

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