Pericles


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V

Enter Dionyza with Leonine


DIONYZA

Thy oath remember. Thou hast sworn to do't.

'Tis but a blow, which never shall be known.

Thou canst not do a thing in the world so soon
soon (adv.) quickly, in a short time

To yield thee so much profit. Let not conscience,

Which is but cold, inflaming love in thy bosom,

Inflame too nicely; nor let pity, which
nicely (adv.) 1 scrupulously, punctiliously, meticulously, fastidiously

Even women have cast off, melt thee, but be

A soldier to thy purpose.
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count
soldier (n.) dedicated person, committed individual


LEONINE

                         I will do't –

But yet she is a goodly creature.
goodly (adj.) 2 good-looking, handsome, attractive, comely


DIONYZA

The fitter then the gods should have her.

Here she comes weeping for her only mistress' death.

Thou art resolved?


LEONINE

                         I am resolved.

Enter Marina with a basket of flowers
green (n.) 2 grass-covered land, grassy mound
weed (n.) 2 garment, piece of clothing


MARINA

No, I will rob Tellus of her weed

To strew thy green with flowers. The yellows, blues,

The purple violets, and marigolds

Shall as a carpet hang upon thy grave
carpet (n.) tapestry, piece of embroidered fabric

While summer days doth last. Ay me, poor maid,

Born in a tempest when my mother died,

This world to me is like a lasting storm,

Whirring me from my friends.
whir (v.) whirl, rush along, carry


DIONYZA

How now, Marina? Why do you keep alone?
keep (v.) 6 continue, carry on, remain

How chance my daughter is not with you?
chance (v.) 1 happen [to], transpire, come about

Do not consume your blood with sorrowing;

You have a nurse of me. Lord, how your favour's
favour (n.) 1 [facial] appearance, countenance, features, looks

Changed with this unprofitable woe!

Come, give me your flowers. On the sea-margent
sea-margent (n.) seashore, edge of the sea

Walk with Leonine. The air is quick there,
quick (adj.) 7 fresh, invigorating, sharp

And it pierces and sharpens the stomach.
stomach (n.) 1 appetite, desire [for food]

Come, Leonine. Take her by the arm, walk with her.


MARINA

No, I pray you. I'll not bereave you of your servant.


DIONYZA

Come, come.

I love the King your father and yourself

With more than foreign heart. We every day

Expect him here. When he shall come and find

Our paragon to all reports thus blasted,

He will repent the breadth of his great voyage,

Blame both my lord and me that we have taken

No care to your best courses. Go, I pray you.
course (n.) 2 habit, custom, practise, normal procedure

Walk and be cheerful once again. Reserve
reserve (v.) preserve, retain, keep

That excellent complexion which did steal

The eyes of young and old. Care not for me;

I can go home alone.


MARINA

                         Well, I will go,

But yet I have no desire to it.


DIONYZA

Come, come, I know 'tis good for you.

Walk half an hour, Leonine, at the least.

Remember what I have said.


LEONINE

I warrant you, madam.
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count


DIONYZA

I'll leave you, my sweet lady, for a while.

Pray walk softly, do not heat your blood.
softly (adv.) slowly, gently

What! I must have care of you.


MARINA

                         My thanks, sweet madam.

Exit Dionyza

Is this wind westerly that blows?


LEONINE

                         South-west.


MARINA

When I was born the wind was north.


LEONINE

                         Was't so?


MARINA

My father, as nurse says, did never fear,

But cried ‘ Good seaman!’ to the sailors, galling
gall (v.) 2 chafe, rub, make sore

His kingly hands haling ropes,
hale (v.) 1 drag, pull, haul

And, clasping to the mast, endured a sea
clasp (v.) cling, hold tight, hang on

That almost burst the deck.


LEONINE

When was this?


MARINA

When I was born.

Never was waves nor wind more violent,

And from the ladder-tackle washes off
ladder-tackle (n.) rope-ladder in the rigging

A canvas-climber. ‘ Ha!’ says one, ‘ wolt out?’
canvas-climber (n.) mariner climbing to trim the sails, sailor

And with a dropping industry they skip
dropping (adj.) 2 dripping-wet, soaked, drenched

From stem to stern. The boatswain whistles, and
stem (n.) prow, bows

The master calls and trebles their confusion.


LEONINE

Come, say your prayers.


MARINA

What mean you?


LEONINE

If you require a little space for prayer,

I grant it. Pray; but be not tedious, for

The gods are quick of ear, and I am sworn

To do my work with haste.


MARINA

                         Why will you kill me?


LEONINE

To satisfy my lady.


MARINA

Why would she have me killed?

Now, as I can remember, by my troth,

I never did her hurt in all my life.

I never spake bad word nor did ill turn
ill (adj.) 1 bad, adverse, unfavourable See Topics: Frequency count

To any living creature. Believe me, law,

I never killed a mouse, nor hurt a fly.

I trod upon a worm against my will,

But I wept for't. How have I offended,

Wherein my death might yield her any profit,

Or my life imply her any danger?


LEONINE

My commission

Is not to reason of the deed, but do't.


MARINA

You will not do't for all the world, I hope.

You are well favoured, and your looks foreshow
foreshow (v.) display, indicate, show forth
well-favoured (adj.) good-looking, attractive in appearance

You have a gentle heart. I saw you lately
gentle (adj.) 6 soft, tender, kind

When you caught hurt in parting two that fought.

Good sooth, it showed well in you. Do so now.

Your lady seeks my life; come you between,

And save poor me, the weaker.


LEONINE

                         I am sworn,

And will dispatch.
dispatch, despatch (v.) 3 kill, put to death, make away with, finish off

He seizes her

Enter Pirates


FIRST PIRATE

Hold, villain!

Leonine runs away


SECOND PIRATE

A prize, a prize!


THIRD PIRATE

Half-part, mates, half-part. Come, let's
half-part (n.) half each, fair shares

have her aboard suddenly.

Exeunt Pirates, carrying off Marina

Enter Leonine
roguing (adj.) living like rogues, villainous, rascally


LEONINE

These roguing thieves serve the great pirate Valdes,

And they have seized Marina. Let her go.

There's no hope she will return. I'll swear she's dead,

And thrown into the sea. But I'll see further.

Perhaps they will but please themselves upon her,

Not carry her aboard. If she remain,

Whom they have ravished must by me be slain.

Exit

 
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