Cymbeline


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Cloten and two Lords


CLOTEN

Was there ever man had such luck? When I kissed

the jack upon an upcast, to be hit away! I had a hundred
upcast (n.) [bowls] accident, chance; or: throw, pitch

pound on't: and then a whoreson jackanapes
jackanapes, jackanape, jack'nape (n.) upstart, buffoon, monkey
whoreson (adj.) [abusive intensifier, serious or jocular] bastard, wretched, vile See Topics: Swearing

must take me up for swearing, as if I borrowed mine
take up (v.) 9 rebuke, scold, reprimand

oaths of him, and might not spend them at my
spend (v.) 2 expend, express, give vent to

pleasure.


FIRST LORD

What got he by that? You have broke his pate
pate (n.) head, skull See Topics: Frequency count

with your bowl.


SECOND LORD

(aside)

If his wit had been like him that broke
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability See Topics: Frequency count

it, it would have run all out.


CLOTEN

When a gentleman is disposed to swear, it is not for

any standers-by to curtail his oaths. Ha?


SECOND LORD

No, my lord; (aside) nor crop the ears of them.


CLOTEN

Whoreson dog! I give him satisfaction! Would he
whoreson (adj.) [abusive intensifier, serious or jocular] bastard, wretched, vile See Topics: Swearing

had been one of my rank!


SECOND LORD

(aside)

To have smelt like a fool.


CLOTEN

I am not vexed more at any thing in th' earth: a pox

on't! I had rather not be so noble as I am: they dare

not fight with me, because of the queen my mother:

every Jack-slave hath his bellyful of fighting, and I
Jack-slave (n.) knavish slave, villainous fellow

must go up and down like a cock, that nobody can

match.


SECOND LORD

(aside)

You are cock and capon too, and you
capon (n.) 2 castrated cockerel; so: fool, dolt [as term of abuse]

crow, cock, with your comb on.


CLOTEN

Sayest thou?


SECOND LORD

It is not fit your lordship should undertake
undertake (v.) 5 take on, fight with, engage in combat with

every companion that you give offence to.
companion (n.) 1 rogue, rascal, fellow


CLOTEN

No, I know that: but it is fit I should commit offence

to my inferiors.


SECOND LORD

Ay, it is fit for your lordship only.


CLOTEN

Why, so I say.


FIRST LORD

Did you hear of a stranger that's come to court
stranger (n.) foreigner, alien, outsider

tonight?
tonight (adv.) last night, this past night


CLOTEN

A stranger, and I know not on't?


SECOND LORD

(aside)

He's a strange fellow himself, and

knows it not.


FIRST LORD

There's an Italian come, and 'tis thought one

of Leonatus' friends.


CLOTEN

Leonatus? A banished rascal; and he's another,

whatsoever he be. Who told you of this stranger?


FIRST LORD

One of your lordship's pages.


CLOTEN

Is it fit I went to look upon him? Is there no derogation
derogation (n.) loss of dignity, disparagement, detraction

in't?


SECOND LORD

You cannot derogate, my lord.
derogate (v.) act in an undignified way, disparage one's rank


CLOTEN

Not easily, I think.


SECOND LORD

(aside)

You are a fool granted, therefore your
granted (adj.) acknowledged, admitted, recognized

issues being foolish do not derogate.
issue (n.) 4 action, deed, proceeding


CLOTEN

Come, I'll go see this Italian: what I have lost today

at bowls I'll win tonight of him. Come: go.


SECOND LORD

I'll attend your lordship.
attend (v.) 4 accompany, follow closely, go with

Exeunt Cloten and First Lord

That such a crafty devil as is his mother

Should yield the world this ass! A woman that

Bears all down with her brain, and this her son
bear (v.), past forms bore, borne 2 carry on, manage, conduct [an affair]

Cannot take two from twenty, for his heart,

And leave eighteen. Alas, poor princess,

Thou divine Innogen, what thou endur'st,

Betwixt a father by thy step-dame governed,

A mother hourly coining plots, a wooer

More hateful than the foul expulsion is

Of thy dear husband, than that horrid act

Of the divorce, he'ld make. The heavens hold firm

The walls of thy dear honour, keep unshaked

That temple, thy fair mind, that thou mayst stand,

T' enjoy thy banished lord and this great land!

Exit

 
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