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Poft. This is true;
lach. More particulars Muft justify my knowledge.
Poji. So they must,
Iach. The chimney
Post. This is a thing
lach. The roof o' the chamber
Post. 7 This is her honour! Let it be granted you have seen all this (and praise
s So likely to report themselves:-) So near to speech. The Italians call a portrait, when the likeness is remarkable, a Speaking picture. Johnson.
Was as another nature, DUMB,–] This nonsense should without question be read and pointed thus :
HAS as another nature DONE; out-went her,
Motion and breath left out. i. e. Has worked as exquisitely, nay has exceeded her, if you will put motion and breath out of the question. Ware.
This emendation I think nedless. The meaning is this, The sculptor was as nature, but as nuture dumb; he gave every thing that nature gives, but breath and motion. In breath is included speech. JOHNSON. 7 This is bor honour!
Let it be granted you have seen all this, &c.] Iachimo impudently pretends to have carried his point; and, in confirmation, is very minute in describing to the husband all the
Be given to your remembrance) the description
Iach. Then, § if you can [Pulling out the bracelet.
Iach. Sir (I thank her) that.
Poft. May be, she pluck'd it off
Iach. She writes so to you? Doth she?
furniture and adornments of his wife's bed-chamber. But how
It is an
à third hand, or seen yourself; yet I expect proofs more
What's this t'her honour? THEOBALD.
This is her honour!
if you can
- ] If you can forbear to flush your cheek with rage. JOHNSON.
Poft. O, no, no, no! 'Tis true. Here, take this
[Gives the ring. It is a basilisk unto mine eye, Kills me to look on't: let there be no honour, Where there is beauty; truth, where semblance; love, Where there's another man. 9 The vows of women Of no more bondage be, to where they are made, Than they are to their virtues : which is nothing.-O, above measure false !
Phil. Have patience, Sir,
Poft. Very true;
Iach. By Jupiter, I had it from her arm. Poft. Hark you, he swears ; by Jupiter he swears. ?Tis true ;- nay, keep the ring—'tis true: 'I'm sure She could not lose it: her attendants are All sworn and honourable.-They induc'd to steal it ! And by a stranger !—no, he hath enjoy'd her. 2 The cognizance of her incontinency
The vows of women, &c.] The love vowed by womer no more abides with him to whom it is vowed, than women adhere to their virtue. JOHNSON.
And by a franger !--no-] The abfurd conclusions of jealousy are here admirably painted and exposed. Posthumus, on the credit of a bracelet, and an oath of the party concerned, judges against all appearances from the intimate knowledge of his wife's honour, that she was false to his bed; and grounds that judgment, at last, upon much less appearances of the honour of her attendants. WARBURTON. 2 The cognizance
-] The badge; the token; the visible proof. Johnson
Is this; she hath bought the name of whore thus
Phil. Sir, be patient :
Post. Never talk on't:
Iach. If you seek For further satisfying, under her breast, 3 (Worthy the pressing) lies a mole, right proud of that nost delicate lodging :—by my life, I kiss'd it; and it gave me present hunger To feed again, though full. You do remember This itain upon her ?
Poft. Ay, and it doth confirm Another stain, as big as hell can hold, Were there no more but it.
Iach. Will you hear more?
Pof. Spare your arithmetic.
Iach. I'll be sworn
Post. No swearing:
Post. O, that I had her here, to tear her limb-meal!
[Exit. Phil. Quite besides The government of patience! You have won :
3 (Worthy the prefing)-] Thus the modern editions. The old folio reads, (Wortly her pressing) JOHNSON,
Let's follow him, and pervert the present wrath
[Exeunt. S C Ε Ν Ε V.
Enter Poikumus. Poft. * Is there no way for men to be, but women Must be half-workers? We are bastards all; And that most venerable man, which I Did cail my father, was I know not where When I was stamp'd. Some coiner with his tools Made me a counterfeit : yet my mother seem'd The Dian of that time: fo doth my wife The non-pareil of this.-Oh vengeance, vengeance ! Me of my lawful pleasure the restrain'd, And pray'd me oft forbearance: did it with A pudency so rosy, the sweet view on't Might well have warm’d old Saturn ;-that I thought
her As chaste as unsunn'd snow. -Oh, all the devils ! This yellow Iachimo, in an hour, was't not ?Or less at first? Perchance he spoke not; but Like a full-acorn'd boar, a German one, Cry'd oh! and mounted: found no opposition But what he look'd for should oppose, and the Should from encounter guard. Could I find out The woman's part in me! for there's no motion That tends to vice in man, but, I affirm, It is the woman's part: be't lying, note it, The woman's; flattering, hers; deceiving, hers; Lust, and rank thoughts, hers, hers ; revenges, hers; Ambitions, covetings, change of prides, disdain, Nice longings, flanders, mutability : All faults that may be nam’d, nay, that hell knows, Why, hers, in part, or all; but rather all :
' Is there no way, &c.] Milton was very probably indebted to this speech for the sentiments which he has given to Adam, Paradijé Loft, book x. STEEVENS. Vol. IX.