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Aut. If I had a mind to be honest, I see Fortune would not suffer me: she drops booties in my mouth. I am courted now with a double occasion, gold and a means to do the prince my master good; which who knows how that may turn back to my advancement? I will bring these two moles, these blind ones, aboard him : if he think it fit to shore them again and that the complaint they have to the king concerns him nothing, 890 let him call me rogue for being so far officious; for I am proof against that title and what shame else belongs to 't. To him will I present them : there may be matter in it.
A room in LEONTES' palace.
Enter LEONTES, CLEOMENES, DION, PAULINA,
Cleo. Sir, you have done enough, and have
perform'd A saint-like sorrow : no fault could you make, Which you have not redeem'd; indeed, paid down More penitence than done trespass : at the last, Do as the heavens have done, forget your evil; With them forgive yourself. Leon.
Whilst I remember Her and her virtues, I cannot forget
872. I am proof against that against legal arrest and punish. title. He may be called a rogue ment as a 'rogue and vaga. by way of abuse, but is secure bond.'
My blemishes in them, and so still think of
True, too true, my
I think so.
Kill'd! She I kill'd! I did so: but thou strikest me Sorely, to say I did ; it is as bitter Upon thy tongue as in my thought : now, good now, Say so but seldom. Cleo.
Not at all, good lady:
You are one of those
If you would not so,
There is none worthy 29.
Incertain lookers foreseen the danger without irresolute counsellors who have guarding against it.
Respecting her that's gone. Besides, the gods
not for issue;
And left them
Thou speak'st truth. No more such wives; therefore, no wife : one worse, And better used, would make her sainted spirit Again possess her corpse, and on this stage, Where we offenders now, appear soul-vex'd,
35. Respecting, in comparison however, even for Shakespeare's with.
later style, and many alterations
have been proposed, the most 59. Where we offenders now. plausible being, ('Where we This differs from Ff only in offenders now appear, soul-ver'd) ending the subordinate sentence begin "And why to at now, ‘appear' being under (Capell); '(Where we offenders stood with it as well as with the move) appear and begin' (Delius principal. The ellipsis is harsh, conj.)
And begin, "Why to me?'
Had she such power,
She had ; and would incense me
I should so.
Should rift to hear me ; and the words that follow'd
Will you swear
Leon. Never, Paulina; so be blest my spirit !
I have done.
60. 'Why to me ?' sc. this humiliation. The Camb. edds. compare the opening of Jonson's Execration upon Vulcan :
And why to me this? thou lame god
To see her in your arms.
My true Paulina,
Enter a Gentleman.
What with him ? he comes not
His princess, say you, with him ? Gent. Ay, the most peerless piece of earth, I
84. a Gentleman. Theobald's 90. out of circumstance, with. alteration for Ff a Servant ; the out ceremony. context (v. 98 f) implying a higher rank
100. that theme, Hermione.