The Two Noble Kinsmen
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Enter Arcite.Enter Arcite TNK II.ii.1
Arcite. ARCITE 
Banishd the kingdome? tis a benefit,Banished the kingdom? 'Tis a benefit, TNK II.ii.1
A mercy I must thanke 'em for, but banishdA mercy I must thank 'em for; but banished TNK II.ii.2
The free enjoying of that face I die for,The free enjoying of that face I die for, TNK II.ii.3
Oh twas a studdied punishment, a deathO, 'twas a studied punishment, a deathstudied (adj.)
old form: studdied
deliberate, carefully planned, intentional
TNK II.ii.4
Beyond Imagination: Such a vengeanceBeyond imagination; such a vengeance TNK II.ii.5
That were I old and wicked, all my sinsThat, were I old and wicked, all my sins TNK II.ii.6
Could never plucke upon me. Palamon;Could never pluck upon me. Palamon,pluck (v.)
old form: plucke
draw down, bring down
TNK II.ii.7
Thou ha'st the Start now, thou shalt stay and seeThou hast the start now; thou shalt stay and seestart (n.)advantage, edge, upper handTNK II.ii.8
Her bright eyes breake each morning gainst thy window,Her bright eyes break each morning 'gainst thy window TNK II.ii.9
And let in life into thee; thou shalt feedeAnd let in life into thee; thou shalt feed TNK II.ii.10
Vpon the sweetenes of a noble beauty,Upon the sweetness of a noble beauty TNK II.ii.11
That nature nev'r exceeded, nor nev'r shall:That Nature ne'er exceeded, nor ne'er shall. TNK II.ii.12
Good gods? what happines has Palamon?Good gods, what happiness has Palamon! TNK II.ii.13
Twenty to one, hee'le come to speake to her,Twenty to one, he'll come to speak to her, TNK II.ii.14
And if she be as gentle, as she's faire,And if she be as gentle as she's fair,gentle (adj.)soft, tender, kindTNK II.ii.15
I know she's his, he has a Tongue will tameI know she's his; he has a tongue will tame TNK II.ii.16
Tempests, and make the wild Rockes wanton. Come what can come,Tempests, and make the wild rocks wanton. Come what can come,wanton (adj.)casual, gentleTNK II.ii.17
The worst is death; I will not leave the Kingdome,The worst is death; I will not leave the kingdom. TNK II.ii.18
I know mine owne, is but a heape of ruins,I know mine own is but a heap of ruins, TNK II.ii.19
And no redresse there, if I goe, he has her.And no redress there. If I go, he has her.redress (n.)
old form: redresse
relief, assistance, help, comfort
TNK II.ii.20
I am resolu'd an other shape shall make me,I am resolved another shape shall make me,make (v.)bring success [to], prosperTNK II.ii.21
shape (n.)disguise, appearance, identity
Or end my fortunes. Either way, I am happy:Or end my fortunes. Either way, I am happy; TNK II.ii.22
Ile see her, and be neere her, or no more.I'll see her and be near her, or no more. TNK II.ii.23
Enter 4. Country people, & one with a Garlon Enter four Country-people and one with a garland TNK II.ii.24.1
before them.before them TNK II.ii.24.2
1,FIRST COUNTRYMAN 
My Masters, ile be there that's certaine.My masters, I'll be there, that's certain. TNK II.ii.24
2.SECOND COUNTRYMAN 
And Ile be there.And I'll be there. TNK II.ii.25
3.THIRD COUNTRYMAN 
And I.And I. TNK II.ii.26
4.FOURTH COUNTRYMAN 
Why then have with ye Boyes; Tis but a chiding,Why, then, have with ye, boys; 'tis but a chiding.chiding (n.)telling-off, scolding, rebukeTNK II.ii.27
have with youI'll join you, I'll be with you
Let the plough play to day, ile tick'lt outLet the plough play today; I'll tickle't outtickle (v.)
old form: tick'lt
beat, flog, rain blows on
TNK II.ii.28
play (v.)stay idle, take a holiday
Of the Iades tailes to morrow.Of the jades' tails tomorrow.jade (n.)
old form: Iades
worn-out horse, hack, worthless nag
TNK II.ii.29.1
1.FIRST COUNTRYMAN 
I am sureI am sure TNK II.ii.29.2
To have my wife as jealous as a Turkey:To have my wife as jealous as a turkey; TNK II.ii.30
But that's all one, ile goe through, let her mumble.But that's all one, I'll go through, let her mumble.mumble (v.)grumble [beneath the breath], complain, mutterTNK II.ii.31
go through (v.)
old form: goe
do what is undertaken, keep one's word
all is one; that's / it's all oneit makes no difference, it's one and the same, it doesn't matter
2.SECOND COUNTRYMAN 
Clap her aboard to morrow night, and stoa her,Clap her aboard tomorrow night and stow her,stow (v.)
old form: stoa
[as of a ship] fill up with cargo
TNK II.ii.32
clap her aboard[as of a ship] board her, jump on board
And all's made up againe.And all's made up again.make up (v.)reconcile, settle, arrangeTNK II.ii.33.1
3.THIRD COUNTRYMAN 
I, doe but putAy, do but put TNK II.ii.33.2
a feskue in her fist, and you shall see herA fescue in her fist, and you shall see her fescue (n.)
old form: feskue
[device for indicating letters to young readers] pointer, rod, stick
TNK II.ii.34
Take a new lesson out, and be a good wench.Take a new lesson out, and be a good wench.take out (v.)study, learn; also: draw forthTNK II.ii.35
wench (n.)girl, lass
Doe we all hold, against the Maying?Do we all hold against the maying?maying (n.)May-day festivitiesTNK II.ii.36.1
hold (v.)stand firm, continue, carry on
against, 'gainst (prep.)with respect to
4.FOURTH COUNTRYMAN 
Hold?Hold? TNK II.ii.36.2
what should aile us?What should ail us?ail (v.)prevent, obstruct, stopTNK II.ii.37.1
3.THIRD COUNTRYMAN 
Arcas will be there.Arcas will be there. TNK II.ii.37.2
2.SECOND COUNTRYMAN 
And Sennois.And Sennois TNK II.ii.38.3
And Rycas, and 3. better lads nev'r dancdAnd Rycas, and three better lads ne'er danced TNK II.ii.38
under green Tree, / And yet know what wenches: ha?Under green tree; and ye know what wenches, ha! TNK II.ii.39
But will the dainty Domine, the SchoolemasterBut will the dainty dominie, the schoolmaster,dainty (adj.)fastidious, scrupulous, refined, particularTNK II.ii.40
dominie (n.)
old form: Domine
schoolmaster, teacher
keep touch / Doe you thinke: for he do's all ye know.Keep touch, do you think? For he does all, ye know.keep touch (v.)keep [one's] promise, prove reliableTNK II.ii.41
do (v.)
old form: do's
organize, arrange, manage
3.THIRD COUNTRYMAN 
Hee'l eate a hornebooke ere he faile: goe too,He'll eat a hornbook ere he fail. Go to,hornbook, horn-book (n.)
old form: hornebooke
[teaching device] leaf of paper, protected by a piece of thin horn, showing the letters of the alphabet and other information
TNK II.ii.42
the matter's too farre driven betweene him,The matter's too far driven between himmatter (n.)affair(s), business, real issueTNK II.ii.43
drive (v.)carry on, move along
and the Tanners daughter, to let slip now,And the tanner's daughter to let slip now;slip (v.)fail to hold, be broken offTNK II.ii.44
and she must see the Duke, and she must daunce too.And she must see the Duke, and she must dance too. TNK II.ii.45
4.FOURTH COUNTRYMAN 
Shall we be lusty.Shall we be lusty?lusty (adj.)merry, cheerful, livelyTNK II.ii.46.1
2.SECOND COUNTRYMAN 
All the Boyes in AthensAll the boys in Athens TNK II.ii.46.2
blow wind i'th breech on's,Blow wind i'th' breech on's!blow wind in the breechfeel the wind [we leave behind], run to keep up [with us]TNK II.ii.47.1
breech (n.)buttocks, behind
(He dances) TNK II.ii.47
and heere ile beAnd here I'll be TNK II.ii.47.2
and there ile be, for our Towne, and here againe,And there I'll be, for our town, and here again TNK II.ii.48
and there againe: ha, Boyes, heigh for the weavers.And there again! Ha, boys, hey for the weavers! TNK II.ii.49
1.FIRST COUNTRYMAN 
This must be done i'th woods.This must be done i'th' woods. TNK II.ii.50.1
4.FOURTH COUNTRYMAN 
O pardon me.O, pardon me. TNK II.ii.50.2
2.SECOND COUNTRYMAN 
By any meanes our thing of learning sees so:By any means, our thing of learning says so;thing (n.)[contemptuous] being, creature, base thingTNK II.ii.51
by any means
old form: meanes
certainly, indeed
where he himselfe will edifie the DukeWhere he himself will edify the Dukeedify (v.)
old form: edifie
enlighten, instruct, inform
TNK II.ii.52
most parlously in our behalfes: hees excellent i'th woods,Most parlously in our behalfs. He's excellent i'th' woods;parlously (adv.)astoundingly, amazingly, exceedinglyTNK II.ii.53
bring him to'th plaines, his learning makes no cry.Bring him to th' plains, his learning makes no cry.plain (n.)
old form: plaines
open country
TNK II.ii.54
cry (n.)[of hounds] noise, call, yelp
3.THIRD COUNTRYMAN 
Weele see the sports, then every man to's Tackle:We'll see the sports, then every man to's tackle;tackle (n.)things, equipment, gearTNK II.ii.55
sport (n.)recreation, amusement, entertainment
and / Sweete Companions lets rehearse by any meanes,And, sweet companions, let's rehearse by any means TNK II.ii.56
before / The Ladies see us, and doe sweetly,Before the ladies see us, and do sweetly,sweetly (adv.)delightfully, charmingly, pleasinglyTNK II.ii.57
do (v.)
old form: doe
perform, play one's part, act
and God knows what / May come on't.And God knows what may come on't. TNK II.ii.58
4.FOURTH COUNTRYMAN 
Content; the sports once ended, wee'l performe.Content; the sports once ended, we'll perform.content (adj.)agreeable, willing, readyTNK II.ii.59
Away / Boyes and hold.Away, boys, and hold!hold (v.)stand firm, continue, carry onTNK II.ii.60.1
Arc.ARCITE 
By your leaves honest friends:By your leaves, honest friends; TNK II.ii.60.2
pray you whither goe you.Pray you, whither go you? TNK II.ii.61.1
4.FOURTH COUNTRYMAN 
Whither?Whither? TNK II.ii.61.2
why, what a question's that?Why, what a question's that! TNK II.ii.62.1
Arc.ARCITE 
Yes, tis a question,Yes, 'tis a question TNK II.ii.62.2
to me that know not.To me that know not. TNK II.ii.63.1
3.THIRD COUNTRYMAN 
To the Games my Friend.To the games, my friend. TNK II.ii.63.2
2.SECOND COUNTRYMAN 
Where were you bred you know it not?Where were you bred you know it not? TNK II.ii.64.1
Arc.ARCITE 
Not farre Sir,Not far, sir. TNK II.ii.64.2
Are there such Games to day?Are there such games today? TNK II.ii.65.1
1.FIRST COUNTRYMAN 
Yes marry are there:Yes, marry are there,marry (int.)[exclamation] by MaryTNK II.ii.65.2
And such as you neuer saw; The Duke himselfeAnd such as you never saw. The Duke himself TNK II.ii.66
Will be in person there.Will be in person there. TNK II.ii.67.1
Arc.ARCITE 
What pastimes are they?What pastimes are they? TNK II.ii.67.2
2,SECOND COUNTRYMAN 
Wrastling, and Running; Tis a pretty Fellow.Wrestling and running. (Aside) 'Tis a pretty fellow. TNK II.ii.68
3.THIRD COUNTRYMAN 
Thou wilt not goe along.Thou wilt not go along? TNK II.ii.69.1
Arc.ARCITE 
Not yet Sir.Not yet, sir. TNK II.ii.69.2
4.FOURTH COUNTRYMAN 
Well SirWell, sir, TNK II.ii.69.3
Take your owne time, come BoyesTake your own time. – Come, boys. TNK II.ii.70.1
1.FIRST COUNTRYMAN 
My minde misgives meMy mind misgives me.misgive (v.)make one feel uneasy, cause one to be apprehensiveTNK II.ii.70.2
This fellow has a veng'ance tricke o'th hip,This fellow has a vengeance trick o'th' hip;trick (n.)
old form: tricke
way, knack, skill
TNK II.ii.71
hip, of thewith the hips, using his hip
vengeance (adj.)
old form: veng'ance
formidable, tremendous, terrific
Marke how his Bodi's made for'tMark how his body's made for't.mark (v.)
old form: Marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
TNK II.ii.72.1
2.SECOND COUNTRYMAN 
Ile be hangd thoughI'll be hanged, though, TNK II.ii.72.2
If he dare venture, hang him plumb porredge.If he dare venture; hang him, plum porridge!plum porridge
old form: plumb porredge
[contemptuous, for the type of person who would eat] rich, fruity porridge [= heavy, lumbering individual]
TNK II.ii.73
He wrastle? he rost eggs. Come lets be gon Lads.He wrestle? He roast eggs! Come, let's be gone, lads. TNK II.ii.74
Exeunt 4.Exeunt four Countrymen and garland-bearer TNK II.ii.74
Arc.ARCITE 
This is an offerd oportunityThis is an offered opportunity TNK II.ii.75
I durst not wish for. Well, I could have wrestled,I durst not wish for. Well I could have wrestled, TNK II.ii.76
The best men calld it excellent, and runThe best men called it excellent; and run TNK II.ii.77
Swifter, then winde upon a feild of CorneSwifter than wind upon a field of corn, TNK II.ii.78
(Curling the wealthy eares) never flew: Ile venture,Curling the wealthy ears, never flew. I'll venture, TNK II.ii.79
And in some poore disguize be there, who knowesAnd in some poor disguise be there; who knows TNK II.ii.80
Whether my browes may not be girt with garlands?Whether my brows may not be girt with garlands,gird (v.)encircle, surround, ringTNK II.ii.81
brow (n.)
old form: browes
forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]
And happines preferre me to a place,And happiness prefer me to a placeprefer (v.)
old form: preferre
promote, advance, recommend
TNK II.ii.82
place (n.)position, post, office, rank
happiness (n.)
old form: happines
good luck, success, good fortune
Where I may ever dwell in sight of her.Where I may ever dwell in sight of her? TNK II.ii.83
Exit Arcite,Exit  TNK II.ii.83
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