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Ay; I said so, sir.
Clo. I will inform your father.
Your mother too:
I'll be revengd: His meanest garment?-Well.
An Apartment in Philario's House.
Enter Posthumus and Philario. Post. Fear it not, sir; I would, I were so sure To win the king, as I am bold, her honour Will remain hers. Phi.
What means do you make to him? Post. Not any; but abide the change of time; Quake in the present winter's state, and wish That warmer days would come: In these fear'd hopes, I barely gratify your love; they failing, I must die much your debtor.
Phi. Your very goodness, and your company, O'erpays all I can do. By this, your king Hath heard of great Augustus: Caius Lucius Will do his commission throughly: And, I think, He'll grant the tribute, send the arrearages, Or look upon our Romans, whose remembrance Is yet fresh in their grief. Post.
I do believe, (Statist® though I am none, nor like to be,) That this will prove a war; and you shall hear
• Statist-] i. e. Statesman,
The legions, now in Gallia, sooner landed
Welcome, sir. Post. I hope, the briefness of your answer made The speediness of your return. Jach.
Your lady Is one the fairest that I have look'd upon.
Post. And, therewithal, the best; or let her beauty Look through a casement to allure false hearts, And be false with them. Iach.
Here are letters for you. Post. Their tenour good, I trust. Iach.
'Tis very like.
He was expected then,
All is well yet. -
If I have lost it, I should have lost the worth of it in gold.
• To their approvers) i. e. To those who try them.
I'll make a journey twice as far, to enjoy
Post. The stone's too hard to come by.
Not a whit,
Make not, sir,
Good sir, we must,
If you can make't apparent
Sir, my circumstances,
First, her bed-chamber,
The press of boats, or pride:' A piece of work
This is true;
So they must,
This is a thing,
The roof o’the chamber
And Cydnus swell'd above the banks, or for
The press of boats, or pride:] Iachimo's language is such as a skilful villain would naturally use, a mixture of airy triumph and serious deposition. His gaiety shows his seriousness to be without anxiety, and his seriousness proves his gaiety to be without art.
? So likely to report themselves :] So near to speech. The Italians call a portrait, when the likeness is remarkable, a speaking picture.
9 Was as another nature, dumb;] The meaning is this : The sculptor was as nature, but as nature dumb; he gave every thing that nature gives, but breath and motion. In breath is included speech,
Depending on their brands.
This is her honour ! -
Then, if you can,
[Pulling out the Bracelet.
Sir, (I thank her, that:
May be, she pluck'd it off, To send it me.
lach. She writes so to you? doth she? Post. O, no, no, no; 'tis true. Here, take this too;
[Gives the Ring. It is a basilisk unto mine eye,
nicely Depending on their brands.] Here seems to be a kind of tautology. Brands may be a part of the andirons, on which the wood for the fire was supported, as the upper part, in which was a kind of rack to carry a spit, is more properly termed the andiron. These irons, on which the wood lies across, generally called dogs, are here termed brands. * This is her honour !
Let it be granted, you have seen all this, &c.] The expression is ironical. Iachimo relates many particulars, to which Posthumus answers with impatience :
“ This is her honour !"That is, And the attainment of this knowledge is to pass for the corruption of her honour. Johnson.