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Act I
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Enter Cloten and two Lords
shift (v.) 4 change [clothes]


FIRST LORD

Sir, I would advise you to shift a shirt; the

violence of action hath made you reek as a sacrifice:
reek (v.) 1 steam, smoke, give off vapour

where air comes out, air comes in: there's none

abroad so wholesome as that you vent.
abroad (adv.) 1 in the outside world, freely at large, elsewhere, everywhere
vent (v.) 1 utter, express, air, proclaim


CLOTEN

If my shirt were bloody, then to shift it. Have I hurt

him?


SECOND LORD

(aside)

No, faith: not so much as his patience.


FIRST LORD

Hurt him? His body's a passable carcass, if he
passable (adj.) veritable, real, tolerable

be not hurt. It is a throughfare for steel, if it be not
throughfare (n.) thoroughfare

hurt


SECOND LORD

(aside)
backside (n.) back streets, lesser-used thoroughfares

His steel was in debt, it went o'th' backside

the town.


CLOTEN

The villain would not stand me.
stand (v.) 13 make a stand [against], fight, resist


SECOND LORD

(aside)
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

No, but he fled forward still, toward

your face.


FIRST LORD

Stand you? You have land enough of your

own: but he added to your having, gave you some

ground.


SECOND LORD

(aside)

As many inches as you have oceans.

Puppies!


CLOTEN

I would they had not come between us.


SECOND LORD

(aside)

So would I, till you had measured how

long a fool you were upon the ground.


CLOTEN

And that she should love this fellow, and refuse me!


SECOND LORD

(aside)
election (n.) choice, preference

If it be a sin to make a true election, she

is damned.


FIRST LORD

Sir, as I told you always, her beauty and her

brain go not together. She's a good sign, but I have
sign (n.) 1 outward appearance, external demeanour

seen small reflection of her wit.
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability See Topics: Frequency count


SECOND LORD

(aside)

She shines not upon fools, lest the reflection

should hurt her.


CLOTEN

Come, I'll to my chamber. Would there had been

some hurt done!


SECOND LORD

(aside)

I wish not so, unless it had been the fall

of an ass, which is no great hurt.


CLOTEN

You'll go with us?


FIRST LORD

I'll attend your lordship.
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]


CLOTEN

Nay come, let's go together.


SECOND LORD

Well my lord.

Exeunt

 
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