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The roofs of palaces, and nature prompts them
The game is up.
86. trick, art.
96. in as like a figure, 'acting my words' as graphically as his brother. While Guiderius'
gestures reflect the immediate impression of Belarius tale, Arviragus, a more imaginative hearer, heightens what he hears by his greater energy of conception.
Country near Milford-Haven.
Enter PISANIO and IMOGEN.
Imo. Thou told'st me, when we
came from horse, the place Was near at hand : ne'er long'd my mother so To see me first, as I have now. Pisanio ! man! Where is Posthumus? What is in thy mind, That makes thee stare thus ? Wherefore breaks
that sigh From the inward of thee? One, but painted thus, Would be interpreted a thing perplex'd Beyond self-explication : put thyself Into a haviour of less fear, ere wildness Vanquish my staider senses. What's the matter? Why tender'st thou that paper to me, with A look untender ? If’t be summer news, Smile to't before ; if winterly, thou need'st But keep that countenance still. My husband's
hand! That drug-damn'd Italy hath out-craftied him, And he's at some hard point. Speak, man: thy
Please you, read ;
shall find me, wretched man, a thing The most disdain'd of fortune.
Imo. [Reads] Thy mistress, Pisanio, hath played the strumpet in my bed; the testimonies
8. self-explication, the power 15. drug-damn'd, detested for of accounting for himself.
its (poisonous) drugs. 9. haviour, posture,
whereof lie bleeding in me. I speak not out of weak surmises, but from proof as strong as my grief and as certain as I expect my revenge. That part thou, Pisanio, must act for me, if thy faith be not tainted with the breach of hers. Let thine own hands take away her life : I shall give thee opportunity at Milford - Haven. She hath my letter for the purpose: where, if thou fear to 30 strike and to make me certain it is done, thou art the pandar to her dishonour and equally to me disloyal.
Pis. What shall I need to draw my sword ?
Hath cut her throat already. No, 'tis slander,
is it? Pis. Alas, good lady!
Imo. I false ! Thy conscience witness : Iachimo, Thou didst accuse him of incontinency; Thou then look’dst like a villain ; now methinhs Thy favour 's good enough. Some jay of Italy 39. states, men of high estate. 51. jay, bedizened barlot.
Whose mother was her painting, hath betray'd
Poor I am stale, a garment out of fashion ;
are women's traitors! All good
Good madam, hear me. Imo. True honest men being heard, like false
Æneas, Were in his time thought false, and Sinon's
weeping Did scandal many a holy tear, took pity From most true wretchedness: so thou, Posthu
52. Whose mother was her 61. Sinon, who induced the painting, who is ‘made' by her Trojans to admit the wooden painted face. Cf. iv. 2. 81: 'he horse into Troy by pretending made those clothes, which, as it to be a Greek deserter. seems, make thee.'
62. scandal, put a scandal 54. for, because. 60. false Æneas, i.e. in his
upon, defame. betrayal of Dido.
64. proper, fair seeming.
Thou mayst be valiant in a better cause ;
Hence, vile instrument !
Why, I must die
; And if I do not by thy hand, thou art No servant of thy master's. Against self-slaughter There is a prohibition so divine That cravens my weak hand. Come, here's my
shall no more Be stomachers to my heart. Thus may poor fools Believe false teachers: though those that are betray'd Do feel the treason sharply, yet the traitor Stands in worse case of woe. And thou, Posthumus, thou that didst set up My disobedience 'gainst the king my father And make me put into contempt the suits Of princely fellows, shalt hereafter find It is no act of common passage, but A strain of rareness : and I grieve myself To think, when thou shalt be disedged by her That now thou tirest on, how thy memory Will then be pang'd by me. Prithee, dispatch: The lamb entreats the butcher : where's thy knife?
81. afore't. Rowe's emenda 94. common passage, comtion of Ff afoot. 83. scriptures, his letters,
95. A strain of rareness, a which she had once devoutly disposition rarely found. believed.
96. disedged by, sated with. 97.
tirest ravenously 90. set up, instigate.
feedest on (primarily said of 93. fellows, equals.
birds of prey).