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Post. I praised her, as I rated her : so do I my stone,
Iach. What do you esteem it at?
Iach. Either your unparagoned mistress is dead, or she's outpriz'd by a trifle.
Post. You are mistaken : the one may be sold, or given; if there were wealth enough for the purchase, or merit for the gift : the other is not a thing for sale, and only the gift of the gods.
Iach. Which the gods have given you?
Iach. You may wear her in title yours: but, you know, strange fowl light upon neighbouring ponds. Your ring may be stolen too: so, of your brace of unprizeable estimations, the one is but frail, and the other casual ; a cunning thief, or a that-way accomplished courtier, would hazard the winning both of first and last.
Post. Your Italy contains none so accomplished a courtier, to convince 3 the honour of my mistress ; if, in the holding or loss of that, you term her frail. I do nothing doubt, you have store of thieves; notwithstanding I fear not my ring.
Phi. Let us leave here, gentlemen.
Post. Sir, with all my heart. This worthy signior, I thank him, makes no stranger of me; we are familiar at first.
Iach. With five times so much conversation, I should get ground of your fair mistress : make her go back, even to the yielding; had I admittance, and opportunity to friend,
Post. No, no.
Iach. I dare, thereon, pawn the moiety of my estate to your ring; which, in my opinion, o'ervalues it something : But I make my wager rather against your confidence, than her reputation; and,
to bar your offence herein too, I durst attempt it against any lady in the world.
Post. You are a great deal abused in too bold a persuasion; and I doubt not you sustain what you're worthy of, by your attempt.
Iach. What's that? Post. A repulse: Though your attempt, as you call it, deserve more; a punishment too.
Phi. Gentlemen hough of this : it came in too suddenly; let it die as it was born, and, I pray you,, be better acquainted.
Iach. 'Would I had put my estate, and my neighbours, on the approbation of what I have spoke. Post. What lady would you choose to assail ?
Iach. Yours; whom in constancy, you think, stands so safe. I will lay you ten thousand ducats
your ring, that, commend me to the court where your lady is, with no more advantage than the opportunity of a second conference, and I will bring from thence that honour of hers, which you imagine so reserved.
Post. I will wage against your gold, gold to it: my ring I hold dear as my finger ; 'tis part of it.
lach. You are a friend, and therein the wiser, Post. This is but a custom in your tongue; you bear a graver purpose, I hope.
Iach, I am the master of my speeches; and would undergo what's spoken, I swear. Past
. Will you ? --- I shall but lend my diamond till
your return : - Let there be covenants drawn between us : My mistress exceeds in goodness the hugeness of your unworthy thinking: I dare you to this match : here's my ring.
Phi. I will have it no lay.
- If I bring you no sufficient testimony that I have enjoyed your mistress, my ten thousand ducats are yours; so is
diamond too. If I come off, and leave her in such honour as you have trust in, she your jewel, this your jewel, and my gold are yours :-provided, I have your commendation, for my more free entertainment.
Post. I embrace these. conditions ; let us have articles betwixt us only, thus far you shall an
If you make your voyage upon her, and give me directly to understand you have prevailed, I am no further your enemy, she is not worth our debate: if she remain unseduced, (you not making it appear otherwise,) for your ill opinion, and the assault you have made to her chastity, you shall answer me with
Iach. Your hand; a covenant: We will have these things set down by lawful counsel, and straight away for Britain ; lest the bargain should catch cold, and starve: I will fetch my gold, and have our two wagers recorded. Post. Agreed.
[Exeunt Posthumus and IACHIMO. French. Will this hold, think you?
Phi. Signior Iachimo will not from it. Pray, let us follow 'em,
Britain. A Room in Cymbeline's Palace.
Enter Queen, Ladies, and CORNELIUS.
• 1, madam,
uch chis 2.1
Doctor, your service for this time is ended;
[Exeunt Ladies. Now, master doctor; have you brought those drugs? Cór. Pleaseth your highness, ay : here they are,
madam : [Presenting a small Box. But I beseech your grace, (without offence; My conscience bids me ask ;) wherefore
I do wonder, doctor,
Thou ask'st me such a question : Have I not been
0, content thee,
your own way.
I do suspect you, madam; But you shall do no harm.
[ Aside. Queen.
Hark thee, a word.
[To PISANIO. Cor. [Asitle.] I do not like her. She doth think,
No further service, doctor,
think, in time
7 To change his abode.