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Cam. I cannot say, 'tis pity
Per. Your pardon, fir; for this
Flo. My prettiest Perdita.
Cam. My lord,
[They talk afde. Enter Autolycus." Aut. Ha, ha! what a fool honesty is ! and trust, his sworn brother, a very simple gentleman! I have sold all my trumpery; not a counterfeit stone, not a ribbon, glass, 'pomander, brooch, table-book, ballad, knife, tape, glove, shoe-tye, bracelet, horn-ring, to keep my pack from fasting; they throng who should buy first; as if had been shallowed, and brought a benediction to the buyer : by which means, I saw whose purse ' was best in picture; and, what I saw, to my good use, I remember'd. My clown, (who wants but something to be a reasonable man) grew so in love with the wenches' song, that he
pomander, )-a perfum’d ball, us’d to prevent infection.
would not ftir his pettitoes, 'till he had both tune and words; which so drew the rest of the herd to me, that all their other senses stuck in their ears : you might have pinch'd a placket, it was senseless; 'twas nothing, to geld a codpiece of a purse; I would have filed keys off, that hung in chains : no hearing, no feeling, but my
fir's song, and admiring the nothing of it. So that, in this time of lethargy, I pick'd and cut most of their festival purses : and had not the old man come in with a whoo-bub against his daughter and the king's son, and scar'd my choughs from the chaff, I had not left a purse alive in the whole army.
(Camillo, Florizel and Perdita, come forward. Cam. Nay, but my letters by this means being there So soon as you arrive, shall clear that doubt.
Flo. And those that you'll procure from king Leontes, -
Per. Happy be you!
[Afide. Cam. How now, good fellow? Why shakest thou so? Fear not man ; here's no harm intended to thee.
Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir.
Cam. Why, be so still; here's nobody will steal that from thee: Yet, for the outside of thy poverty, we must make an exchange : therefore, discafe thee instantly, (thou must think, there's necessity in't) and change garments with this gentleman: Though the pennyworth, on his side, be the worit, yet hold thee, there's some boot. Aut. I am a poor fellow, fir: I know ye well enough.
Cam. Nay, pr’ythee, dispatch : the gentleman is half flead already Aut. Are you in earnest, sir?-I smell the trick of it.
[Ahde. Flo. Dispatch, I pr’ythee.
Aut. Indeed, "I have had earnest ; but I cannot with conscience take it.
Cam. Unbuckle, unbuckle.
Per. I fee, the play so lies,
Cam. No remedy. Have you done there?
Flo. Should I now meet my father, He would not call me fon.
Cam, Nay, you shall have no hat: Come, lady, come.-Farewel, my friend.
Aut. Adieu, sir.
Flo. O Perdita, what have we twain forgot? Pray you, a word.
Cam. What I do next, shall be, to tell the king [Afde. Of this escape, and whither they are bound; Wherein, my hope is, I shall fo prevail, To force hiin after : in whose company
half flead]-disrob’d. w I have had earnest;]-some jewel, perhaps, found in Florizel's pockets, which he had return’d to it's owner.
I shall review Sicilia ; for whose sight
Flo. Fortune speed us!
[Exeunt Flo. Per. and Cam. Aut. I understand the business, I hear it : To have an open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble hand, is necessary for a cut-purse; a good nose is requisite also, to smell out work for the other senses. I fee, this is the time that the unjust man doth thrive. What an exchange had this been, without boot? what a boot is here, with this exchange? Sure, the gods do this year connive at us, and we may do any thing * extempore. The prince himself is about a piece of iniquity ; stealing away from his father, with his clog at his heels : If I thought not it were a piece of honesty to acquaint the king withal, I would do't : I hold it the more knavery to conceal it; and therein am I constant to my profession.
Enter Clown and Shepherd. Aside, aside ;-here's more matter for a hot brain : Every lane's end, every shop, church, feslion, hanging, yields a careful man work.
Clo. See, fee; what a man you are now! there is no other
way, but to tell the king she's a changeling, and none of your flesh and blood.
Shep. Nay, but hear me.
Clo. She being none of your flesh and blood, your Alesh and blood has not offended the king; and, so, your
Alesh and blood is not to be punish'd by him. Shew those things
extempore.]-with a wet finger.
you found about her ; those secret things, all but what she has with her: This being done, let the law go whistle; I warrant you.
Shep. I will tell the king all, every word, yea, and his son's pranks too; who, I may fay, is no honest man neither to his father, nor to me, to go about to make me the king's brother-in-law.
Clo. Indeed, brother-in-law was the farthest off you could have been to him; and then your blood had been the dearer, by I know not how much an ounce. Aut. Very wisely, puppies !
[Afde. Shep. Well; let us to the king ; there is that in this farthel, will make him scratch his beard.
Aut. I know not, what impediment this complaint may be to the fight of my master. .
Clo. 'Pray heartily he be at palace.
Aut. Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance :
-Let me pocket up my pedler's 'excrement. How now, rusticks? whither are you bound?
Shep. To the palace, an it like your worship.
Aut. Your affairs there? what? with whom ? ? the condition of that farthel, the place of your dwelling, your names, your ages, of what having, breeding, and any thing that is fitting to be known, discover.
Co. We are but plain fellows, fir.
Aut. A lie: you are a rough and hairy : Let me have no lying; it becomes none but tradesmen, and they often give us foldiers the lie: but we pay them for it with ftamped coin, not stabbing steel; therefore they do not give us the lie.
Y excrement.]-false beard.
rough and hairy:]-clad in kins.