The Winter's Tale


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Cleomenes and Dion
delicate (adj.) 3 pleasant, delightful, congenial


CLEOMENES

The climate's delicate, the air most sweet,

Fertile the isle, the temple much surpassing

The common praise it bears.


DION

                         I shall report,

For most it caught me, the celestial habits –
habit (n.) 1 dress, clothing, costume See Topics: Frequency count

Methinks I so should term them – and the reverence
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

Of the grave wearers. O, the sacrifice!

How ceremonious, solemn, and unearthly

It was i'th' off'ring!


CLEOMENES

                         But of all, the burst

And the ear-deaf'ning voice o'th' oracle,

Kin to Jove's thunder, so surprised my sense
surprise (v.) 3 astonish, bewilder, perplex

That I was nothing.
event (n.) outcome, issue, consequence


DION

                         If th' event o'th' journey

Prove as successful to the Queen – O, be't so! –

As it hath been to us rare, pleasant, speedy,
rare (adj.) 1 marvellous, splendid, excellent

The time is worth the use on't.


CLEOMENES

                         Great Apollo

Turn all to th' best! These proclamations,

So forcing faults upon Hermione,

I little like.
carriage (n.) 2 conduct, management, course of action
violent (adj.) 2 rushed, hasty, impetuous


DION

                         The violent carriage of it

Will clear or end the business. When the oracle,

Thus by Apollo's great divine sealed up,
divine (n.) 2 high-priest, holy man

Shall the contents discover, something rare
discover (v.) 1 reveal, show, make known See Topics: Frequency count
rare (adj.) 1 marvellous, splendid, excellent

Even then will rush to knowledge. Go: fresh horses!

And gracious be the issue.
issue (n.) 2 outcome, result, consequence(s) See Topics: Frequency count

Exeunt

 
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