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Enter Innogen alone
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count


A father cruel, and a step-dame false,

A foolish suitor to a wedded lady,

That hath her husband banished. – O, that husband,

My supreme crown of grief! And those repeated
repeated (adj.) renewed, reiterated, enumerated

Vexations of it! Had I been thief-stolen,

As my two brothers, happy: but most miserable

Is the desire that's glorious. Blessed be those,
glorious (adj.) seeking glory, eager for renown

How mean soe'er, that have their honest wills,
mean (adj.) 2 lowly, humble, poor
will (n.) 1 desire, wish, liking, inclination

Which seasons comfort. – Who may this be? Fie!
season (v.) 7 fortify, temper, strengthen

Enter Pisanio and Iachimo


Madam, a noble gentleman of Rome,

Comes from my lord with letters.
change (v.) 4 change countenance, turn pale


                         Change you, madam:

The worthy Leonatus is in safety,

And greets your highness dearly.

Presents a letter
dearly (adv.) 1 keenly, deeply, intensely


                         Thanks, good sir:

You're kindly welcome.



All of her that is out of door most rich!
door, out of (adv.) 1 outwardly, on the outside

If she be furnished with a mind so rare,
furnish (v.) 4 endow, equip, have qualities
rare (adj.) 2 unusual, striking, exceptional

She is alone th' Arabian bird; and I
Arabian bird phoenix [mythical bird, of which only one existed at any time]

Have lost the wager. Boldness be my friend!

Arm me, Audacity, from head to foot,

Or like the Parthian I shall flying fight;

Rather, directly fly.



He is one of the noblest note, to whose kindnesses
note (n.) 7 reputation, distinction, standing

I am most infinitely tied. Reflect upon him accordingly,

as you value your trust –


So far I read aloud.

But even the very middle of my heart

Is warmed by th' rest, and takes it thankfully.

You are as welcome, worthy sir, as I

Have words to bid you, and shall find it so

In all that I can do.


                         Thanks, fairest lady. –

What! Are men mad? Hath nature given them eyes

To see this vaulted arch, and the rich crop

Of sea and land, which can distinguish 'twixt

The fiery orbs above, and the twinned stones
orb (n.) 1 sphere, planet, star, heavenly body
twinned (adj.) indistinguishable, identical, closely linked

Upon the numbered beach, and can we not
numbered (adj.) enumerated, counted

Partition make with spectacles so precious
partition (n.) 1 separation, distinction
spectacles (n.) 1 instruments of vision, eyes

'Twixt fair, and foul?
admiration (n.) 1 amazement, astonishment, wonder


                         What makes your admiration?


It cannot be i'th' eye: for apes and monkeys,

'Twixt two such shes, would chatter this way, and
she (n.) lady, woman, girl

Contemn with mows the other. Nor i'the judgement:
contemn (v.) despise, scorn, treat with contempt
mow (n.) derisive grimace, pout, mocking expression

For idiots in this case of favour, would
case (n.) 2 question, issue, subject
favour (n.) 3 charm, attractiveness, gracefulness

Be wisely definite: nor i'th' appetite.
appetite (n.) 2 sexual desire, passion

Sluttery, to such neat excellence opposed
sluttery (n.) 2 slut, hussy

Should make desire vomit emptiness,

Not so allured to feed.
allure (v.) entice, attract, tempt


What is the matter, trow?
cloyed (adj.) 1 bored, overfilled, sated
will (n.) 2 lust, sexual desire, passion


                         The cloyed will –

That satiate yet unsatisfied desire, that tub
satiate (adj.) satiated, glutted, gorged

Both filled and running – ravening first the lamb,
raven (v.) feed ravenously on, devour voraciously
running (adj.) running out, emptying

Longs after for the garbage.


                         What, dear sir,

Thus raps you? Are you well?
rap (v.) transport, move with rapture


                         Thanks madam, well:

(to Pisanio) Beseech you sir,

Desire my man's abode where I did leave him:
abode (n.) 3 dwelling-place, lodging, residence

He's strange and peevish.
peevish (adj.) 3 fretful, irritable, ill-tempered
strange (adj.) 4 foreign, alien, from abroad


                         I was going, sir,

To give him welcome.



Continues well my lord? His health, beseech you?


Well, madam.


Is he disposed to mirth? I hope he is.


Exceeding pleasant: none a stranger there,
exceeding (adv.) exceedingly, extremely, very
stranger (n.) foreigner, alien, outsider

So merry and so gamesome: he is called
gamesome (adj.) sportive, merry, playful

The Briton reveller.


                         When he was here,

He did incline to sadness, and oft-times
oft-times (adv.) often, frequently, on many occasions
sadness (n.) seriousness, gravity

Not knowing why.
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn See Topics: Frequency count


                         I never saw him sad.

There is a Frenchman his companion, one

An eminent monsieur, that, it seems, much loves

A Gallian girl at home. He furnaces
furnace (v.) send out as if from a furnace

The thick sighs from him; whiles the jolly Briton –
jolly (adj.) 1 amorous, lustful, licentious
thick (adj.) 1 deep, heavy, profound
thick (adj.) 6 quick, rapid, fast

Your lord, I mean – laughs from's free lungs: cries ‘ O,
free (adj.) 8 open, unobstructed, unimpeded

Can my sides hold, to think that man, who knows

By history, report, or his own proof,
proof (n.) 2 experience, actual practice, tried knowledge

What woman is, yea what she cannot choose

But must be, will's free hours languish for
languish (v.) pass [time] in languishing, waste

Assured bondage?’
assured (adj.) 2 betrothed, engaged


                         Will my lord say so?


Ay, madam, with his eyes in flood with laughter:

It is a recreation to be by

And hear him mock the Frenchman: but heavens know

Some men are much to blame.


                         Not he, I hope.


Not he: but yet heaven's bounty towards him might

Be used more thankfully. In himself 'tis much;

In you, which I account his, beyond all talents.
account, accompt (v.) 1 reckon, judge, consider
talent (n.) 1 [unclear meaning] wealth, treasure, riches

Whilst I am bound to wonder, I am bound

To pity too.


                         What do you pity, sir?


Two creatures heartily.


                         Am I one, sir?

You look on me: what wreck discern you in me
wrack (n.) 1 destruction, ruin

Deserves your pity?


                         Lamentable! What

To hide me from the radiant sun, and solace
solace (v.) 1 take comfort, be happy, cheer [oneself]

I'th' dungeon by a snuff?
snuff (n.) 2 smouldering candle-end, burnt-out wick


                         I pray you, sir,

Deliver with more openness your answers

To my demands. Why do you pity me?


That others do –

I was about to say – enjoy your – But
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility See Topics: Frequency count
venge (v.) avenge, revenge

It is an office of the gods to venge it,

Not mine to speak on't.


                         You do seem to know

Something of me, or what concerns me; pray you,

Since doubting things go ill often hurts more
doubt (v.) 1 fear, be afraid [for], feel anxious [for]
ill (adv.) 1 badly, adversely, unfavourably See Topics: Frequency count

Than to be sure they do – for certainties

Either are past remedies; or timely knowing,
timely (adv.) 1 early, in good time

The remedy then born – discover to me
discover (v.) 1 reveal, show, make known See Topics: Frequency count

What both you spur and stop.


                         Had I this cheek

To bathe my lips upon: this hand, whose touch –

Whose every touch – would force the feeler's soul

To th' oath of loyalty: this object, which

Takes prisoner the wild motion of mine eye,

Fixing it only here; should I – damned then –
fire (v.) set on fire, ignite, inflame

Slaver with lips as common as the stairs

That mount the Capitol: join gripes, with hands
gripe (n.) 1 grip, hold, grasp

Made hard with hourly falsehood – falsehood, as

With labour – then by-peeping in an eye
by-peep (v.) peep sideways, look aside

Base and illustrous as the smoky light
base (adj.) 1 dishonourable, low, unworthy See Topics: Frequency count
illustrous (adj.) lack-lustre, dull, dim

That's fed with stinking tallow: it were fit

That all the plagues of hell should at one time

Encounter such revolt.
revolt (n.) 4 revulsion of appetite, distaste, disgust


                         My lord, I fear,

Has forgot Britain.


                         And himself. Not I,

Inclined to this intelligence, pronounce
intelligence (n.) 1 information, news, communication

The beggary of his change: but 'tis your graces
beggary (n.) beggarliness, niggardliness, meanness

That from my mutest conscience to my tongue
conscience (n.) 1 internal reflection, inner voice, inmost thought

Charms this report out.
charm (v.) 2 produce, bring, cause [as by magic]


                         Let me hear no more.


O dearest soul: your cause doth strike my heart

With pity that doth make me sick! A lady

So fair, and fastened to an empery
empery (n.) 2 empire, emperor's domain

Would make the great'st king double, to be partnered
partner (v.) associate, equate, match

With tomboys hired with that self exhibition
exhibition (n.) 1 allowance, pension, maintenance
self (adj.) same, selfsame, identical, exact
tomboy (n.) harlot, prostitute

Which your own coffers yield! with diseased ventures,
venture (n.) 4 prostitute

That play with all infirmities for gold

Which rottenness can lend Nature! Such boiled stuff
boiled (adj.) receiving a sweating treatment [for venereal disease]
stuff (n.) 8 people, rabble

As well might poison poison! Be revenged,

Or she that bore you was no queen, and you

Recoil from your great stock.
recoil (v.) 1 fall away, degenerate, give way
stock (n.) 1 tree, family-tree, ancestry



How should I be revenged? If this be true –

As I have such a heart that both mine ears

Must not in haste abuse – if it be true,

How should I be revenged?


                         Should he make me

Live like Diana's priest, betwixt cold sheets,
priest (n.) priestess

Whiles he is vaulting variable ramps,
ramp (n.) whore, brazen woman
variable (adj.) varied, diverse, different

In your despite, upon your purse – Revenge it.
despite (n.) 1 contempt, scorn, disdain
purse (n.) 1 resources, funds, available money

I dedicate myself to your sweet pleasure,

More noble than that runagate to your bed,
runagate (n.) 1 runaway, vagabond, fugitive

And will continue fast to your affection,
fast (adj.) 1 constant, firm, steadfast

Still close as sure.
close (adj.) 1 secret, concealed, hidden
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count
sure (adj.) 4 loyal, trustworthy, steadfast


                         What ho, Pisanio!


Let me my service tender on your lips.
tender (v.) 1 offer, give, present


Away, I do condemn mine ears, that have

So long attended thee. If thou wert honourable,
attend (v.) 7 listen [to], pay attention [to]

Thou wouldst have told this tale for virtue, not

For such an end thou seek'st, as base, as strange.
base (adj.) 1 dishonourable, low, unworthy See Topics: Frequency count

Thou wrong'st a gentleman, who is as far

From thy report as thou from honour, and

Solicits here a lady that disdains

Thee, and the devil alike. What ho, Pisanio!

The king my father shall be made acquainted

Of thy assault: if he shall think it fit

A saucy stranger in his court to mart
mart (v.) 1 do business, bargain, make a deal
saucy (adj.) 1 insolent, impudent, presumptuous, defiant

As in a Romish stew, and to expound
stew (n.) 1 brothel, house of ill-repute

His beastly mind to us, he hath a court
beastly (adj.) beast-like, brutish, abominable

He little cares for, and a daughter who

He not respects at all. What ho, Pisanio!
respect (v.) 1 pay attention to, heed


O happy Leonatus! I may say:

The credit that thy lady hath of thee
credit (n.) 2 trust, faith, belief

Deserves thy trust, and thy most perfect goodness

Her assured credit. Blessed live you long!

A lady to the worthiest sir that ever

Country called his; and you, his mistress, only

For the most worthiest fit. Give me your pardon.

I have spoke this to know if your affiance
affiance (n.) 2 marriage contract, solemn promise to each other

Were deeply rooted, and shall make your lord

That which he is, new o'er: and he is one

The truest mannered: such a holy witch
witch (n.) enchanter, magician, wizard

That he enchants societies into him:
society (n.) 3 groups of people, companions

Half all men's hearts are his.


                         You make amends.


He sits 'mongst men like a descended god;

He hath a kind of honour sets him off,
set off (v.) 1 enhance, show to advantage, display by contrast

More than a mortal seeming. Be not angry,
seeming (n.) 1 appearance, look, aspect

Most mighty princess, that I have adventured
adventure (v.) venture, dare, chance, risk

To try your taking of a false report, which hath
false (adj.) 3 sham, spurious, not genuine, artificial
try (v.) 1 prove, ascertain, find out

Honoured with confirmation your great judgement

In the election of a sir so rare,
election (n.) choice, preference
sir (n.) 1 man, person, individual

Which you know cannot err. The love I bear him

Made me to fan you thus, but the gods made you –
fan (v.) winnow, blow upon [to separate good from bad]

Unlike all others – chaffless. Pray, your pardon.
chaffless (adj.) free from chaff, uncontaminated, unsullied


All's well, sir: take my power i'th' court for yours.
power (n.) 5 exercise of power, authoritative action


My humble thanks. I had almost forgot

T' entreat your grace, but in a small request,

And yet of moment too, for it concerns:
moment (n.) 1 importance, weight, consequence

Your lord, myself, and other noble friends

Are partners in the business.


                         Pray, what is't?


Some dozen Romans of us and your lord –

The best feather of our wing – have mingled sums

To buy a present for the emperor:

Which I – the factor for the rest – have done
factor (n.) agent, representative, broker

In France: 'tis plate of rare device, and jewels
device (n.) 4 design, ingenuity, work

Of rich and exquisite form, their values great,
exquisite (adj.) 1 special, excellent, particularly valuable

And I am something curious, being strange,
curious (adj.) 7 anxious, concerned, apprehensive
something (adv.) 1 somewhat, rather See Topics: Frequency count
strange (adj.) 4 foreign, alien, from abroad

To have them in safe stowage: may it please you

To take them in protection?



And pawn mine honour for their safety, since

My lord hath interest in them; I will keep them
interest (n.) 1 valid claim [on], rights of possession [to]

In my bedchamber.


                         They are in a trunk,

Attended by my men: I will make bold
attend (v.) 8 see to, look after, apply oneself to

To send them to you, only for this night:

I must abroad tomorrow.


                         O, no, no.


Yes, I beseech: or I shall short my word
short (v.) 1 break, fail to keep, fall short of

By length'ning my return. From Gallia

I crossed the seas on purpose and on promise

To see your grace.


                         I thank you for your pains:

But not away tomorrow!


                         O, I must, madam.

Therefore I shall beseech you, if you please

To greet your lord with writing, do't tonight:

I have outstood my time, which is material
material (adj.) 2 relevant, pertinent, germane
outstand (v.) outstay, remain beyond

To th' tender of our present.
tender (n.) 1 offer, offering


                         I will write.

Send your trunk to me, it shall safe be kept,

And truly yielded you: you're very welcome.
yield (v.) 4 give back to, return to


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