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That he spake to thee?
your own; but he added to your baving ; gave you
, some ground. his
2 Lord. As many inches as you have oceans :
had measured how long a fool you were upon the ground. [Aside.
Clo. And that she should love this fellow, and refuse me!
1 Lord. Sir, as I told you always, her beauty and her brain go not together: She's a good sign, but I have seen small reflection of her wit. 3
2 Lord. She shines pot upon fools, lest the reflecion should hurt her.
[Aside. Clo. Come, I'll to my chamber: 'Would there had been some hurt done!
2 Lord. I wish not 'so; unless it had been the fall cey of an ass, which is no great hurt.
Clo. Nay, come, let's go together.
Enter IMOGEN and PISANIO.
* To understand the force of this idea, it should be remembered that anciently
almost every sign had a motto, or some attempt at a witticism underneath it.
'Twas, His queen, his queen!
And kiss'd it, madam.
No, madam ; for so long
Thou should’st have made him
Madam, so I did.
had pointed him sharp as my needle:
Be assur'd, madam,
Imo. I did not take my leave of him, but had
The shes of Italy should not betray
To encounter me with orisons ', for then
Enter a Lady.
The queen, madam,
Madam, I shall.
Enter PHILARIO, IACHIMO, a Frenchman,
a Dutchman, and a Spaniard.
Phi. You speak of him when he was less fur-
• Increasing in fame.
many there, could behold the sun with as firm eyes
Iach. This matter of marrying his king's daughter, (wherein he must be weighed rather by her value, than his own,) words him, I doubt not, a great deal from the matter.
French. And then his banishment:
Iach. Ay, and the approbation of those, that weep this lamentable divorce, under her colours, are wonderfully to extend ? him; be it but to fortify her judgment, which else an easy battery might lay flat, for taking a beggar without more quality. But how comes it, he is to sojourn with you? How creeps acquaintance?
Phi. His father and I were soldiers together; to whom I have been often bound for no less than my
Here comes the Briton: Let him be so entertained
French. Sir, we have known together in Orleans.
for courtesies, which I will be ever to pay, and yet.pay still.
French. Sir, you o'er-rate my poor kindness: I was glad I did atone 8 my countryman and you, it had been pity, you should have been put together with so mortal a purpose, as then each bore, upon importance of so slight and trivial a nature.
* Praise him,
. By your pardon, sir, I was then a young traveller : rather shunn'd to go even with what I heard, than in my every action to be guided by others' experiences: but, upon my mended judgment,' (if I offend not to say it is mended,) my quarrel was not altogether slight.
French. 'Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitrement of swords; and by such two, that would, by all likelihood, have confounded'.one the other, or have fallen both.
lach. Can we, with manners, ask what was the difference?
French. Safely, I think: 'twas a contention in publick, which may, without contradiction, suffer the report. It was much like an argument that fell out last night, where each of us fell in praise of our country mistresses : This gentleman at that time vouching, (and upon warrant of bloody affirmation,) his to be more fair, virtuous, wise, chaste, constant, qualified, and less attemptible, than any the rarest of our ladies in France.
Iach. That lady is not now living; or this gentleman's opinion, by this, worn out.
Post. She holds her virtue still, and I my mind. lach. You must not so far prefer her 'fore ours
Post. Being so far provoked as I was in France, I would abate her nothing; though I profess myself her adorer, not her friend. ?
lach. As fair, and as good, (a kind of hand-in-. hand comparison,) had been something too fair, and too good, for any lady in Britany. If she went before others I have seen, as that diamond of yours out-lustres many I have beheld, I could not but be. lieve she excelled many: but I have not seen the most precious diamond that is, nor you the lady..