Cymbeline


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Act I
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Act V
Enter Cymbeline, Lords, Pisanio, and Attendants


CYMBELINE

Again: and bring me word how 'tis with her.

Exit an Attendant

A fever with the absence of her son;

A madness, of which her life's in danger: heavens,

How deeply you at once do touch me! Innogen,
touch (v.) 8 wound, hurt, injure

The great part of my comfort gone: my queen

Upon a desperate bed, and in a time
desperate (adj.) 1 despairing, hopeless, without hope

When fearful wars point at me: her son gone,

So needful for this present. It strikes me, past
needful (adj.) 1 necessary, needed, indispensable
present (n.) 1 present time, immediate moment, matter in hand

The hope of comfort. But for thee, fellow,
comfort (n.) 3 recovery, relief, cure

Who needs must know of her departure, and

Dost seem so ignorant, we'll enforce it from thee

By a sharp torture.


PISANIO

                         Sir, my life is yours,

I humbly set it at your will: but, for my mistress,

I nothing know where she remains: why gone,
nothing (adv.) not at all, in any / no way
remain (v.) dwell, live, reside

Nor when she purposes return. Beseech your highness,
purpose (v.) 1 intend, plan

Hold me your loyal servant.
hold (v.) 10 consider, regard, esteem, value [as]


FIRST LORD

                         Good my liege,

The day that she was missing, he was here:

I dare be bound he's true, and shall perform
true (adj.) 1 loyal, firm, faithful in allegiance

All parts of his subjection loyally. For Cloten,
subjection (n.) duty as a subject, obedience

There wants no diligence in seeking him,
diligence (n.) 1 attentiveness, assiduity, careful service
want (v.) 3 fall short [of], be deficient [in]

And will no doubt be found.
troublesome (adj.) 2 full of affliction, disturbed, crisis-torn


CYMBELINE

                         The time is troublesome:

(to Pisanio) We'll slip you for a season, but our jealousy
jealousy (n.) 1 suspicion, mistrust, apprehension
season (n.) 3 while, short period of time
slip (v.) 5 let go of, allow to leave, unleash

Does yet depend.
depend (v.) 1 persist, continue, remain hanging


FIRST LORD

                         So please your majesty,

The Roman legions, all from Gallia drawn,

Are landed on your coast, with a supply

Of Roman gentlemen, by the Senate sent.


CYMBELINE

Now for the counsel of my son and queen,

I am amazed with matter.
amazed (adj.) dumbfounded, stunned, thunderstruck, overwhelmed
matter (n.) 4 affair(s), business, real issue


FIRST LORD

                         Good my liege,

Your preparation can affront no less
affront (v.) 1 come face to face with, meet, confront
preparation (n.) 1 equipped military force, force ready for war

Than what you hear of. Come more, for more you're ready:

The want is but to put those powers in motion
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count
want (n.) 3 need, requirement, necessity

That long to move.


CYMBELINE

                         I thank you: let's withdraw

And meet the time, as it seeks us. We fear not

What can from Italy annoy us, but
annoy (v.) harm, molest, hurt, injure

We grieve at chances here. Away!
chance (n.) 1 event, occurrence, situation [especially, bad]

Exeunt Cymbeline, Lords and Attendants


PISANIO

I heard no letter from my master since

I wrote him Innogen was slain. 'Tis strange:

Nor hear I from my mistress, who did promise

To yield me often tidings. Neither know I

What is betid to Cloten, but remain
betide (v.) 1 happen (to), befall, come (to)

Perplexed in all. The heavens still must work.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

Wherein I am false, I am honest; not true, to be true.
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count
false (adj.) 2 disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful
true (adj.) 1 loyal, firm, faithful in allegiance

These present wars shall find I love my country,

Even to the note o'th' king, or I'll fall in them:
note (n.) 1 attention, notice, regard

All other doubts, by time let them be cleared,

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.

Exit

 
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