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But undergo this flight ;-Make for Sicilia;
your fresh princess: o'er and o'er divides him
up before him?
Sent by the king your father
father's bosom there,
I am bound to you: There is some sap
in this. Cam.
A course more promising Than a wild dedication of yourselves To unpath'd waters, undream'd shores; most certain, To miseries enough: no hope to help you; But, as you shake off one, to take another: Nothing so certain as your anchors; who Do their best office, if they can but stay you Where you'll be loath to be: Besides, you know, Prosperity's the very bond of love; Whose fresh complexion and whose heart together Affliction alters.
One of these is true:
Yea, say you.so?
My good Camillo,
I cannot say, 'tis pity
Your pardon, sir, for this;
My lord, Fear none of this: I think, you know, my fortunes Do all lie there: it shall be so my care To have you royally appointed, as if The scene you play, were mine. For instance, sir,
you shall not want,—one word.
[They talk aside.
That you may
you may know
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
But not take in the mind.] To take in anciently meant to conquer, to get the better of.
a riband, glass, pomander, brooch, table-book, ballad, knife, tape, glove, shoe-tye, bracelet, hornring, to keep my pack from fasting: they throng who should buy first; as if my trinkets had been hallowed, 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 remembered. My clown, (who wants but something to be a reasonable man,) grew so in love with the wenches' song, that he would not stir 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 ears: you might have pinched 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 sir's song, and admiring the nothing of it. So that, in this time of lethargy, I picked and cut most of their festival purses: and had not the old man come in with a whoobub against his daughter and the king's son, and scared 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
Happy be you!
Who have we here?
- pomander,) A pomander was a little ball made of perfumes, and worn in the pocket, or about the neck, to prevent infection in times of plague.
We'll make an instrument of this; omit
Aut. If they have overheard me now, -why hanging.
[ Aside. 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, discase thee instantly, (thou must think, there's necessity in't,) and change garments with this gentleman: Though the pennyworth, on his side, be the worst, yet hold thee, there's some boot.4
Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir:-I know ye well enough.
(Aside. Cam. Nay, pr’ythee, despatch: the gentleman is half flayed already.
Aut. Are you in earnest, sir?-I smell the trick of it.
[ Aside. Flo. Despatch, I pr’ythee.
Aut. Indeed, I have had earnest; but I cannot
[Flo. and Autol. exchange garments.
you; and as you can, disliken
* — boot.] That is, something over and above, or, as we now say, something to boot.
- is half flayed already.] i.e. half stripped already.
I see, the play so lies,
Should I now meet my father,
Nay, you shall have No hat:-Come, lady, come.-Farewell, my friend.
Aut. Adieu, sir.
Flo. O Perdita, what have we twain forgot?' Pray you, a word.
[They converse apart. Cam. What I do next, shall be to tell the king
[ Aside. Of this escape, and whither they are bound; Wherein, my hope is, I shall so prevail, To force him after: in whose company I shall review Sicilia; for whose sight I have a woman's longing.
Fortune speed us!Thus we set on, Camillo, to the sea-side. Cam. The swifter speed, the better.
[Exeunt FlorizeL, PERDITA, and CAMILLO. 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 see, 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,
what have we twain forgot?] This is one of our author's dramatic expedients to introduce a conversation apart, account for a sudden exit, &c. So, in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Dr. Caius suddenly exclaims—"Q'ay j'oublié?-and Mrs. Quickly “Out upon't! what have I forgot ?" STEEVENS.