Cymbeline

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Enter two Gentlemen
blood (n.) 5 disposition, temper, mood

 

FIRST GENTLEMAN

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You do not meet a man but frowns: our bloods

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No more obey the heavens than our courtiers

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Still seem as does the king's.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually

 

SECOND GENTLEMAN

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                         But what's the matter?

 

FIRST GENTLEMAN

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His daughter, and the heir of's kingdom – whom

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He purposed to his wife's sole son, a widow
purpose (v.) 1 intend, plan

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That late he married – hath referred herself
refer (v.) 2 assign, give, bestow

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Unto a poor but worthy gentleman. She's wedded,

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Her husband banished; she imprisoned, all

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Is outward sorrow, though I think the king
outward (adj.) 1 external, surface, superficial

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Be touched at very heart.
touch (v.) 8 wound, hurt, injure

 

SECOND GENTLEMAN

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                         None but the king?

 

FIRST GENTLEMAN

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He that hath lost her too: so is the queen,

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That most desired the match. But not a courtier,

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Although they wear their faces to the bent
bent (n.) 1 direction, turning, inclination

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Of the king's looks, hath a heart that is not

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Glad at the thing they scowl at.

 

SECOND GENTLEMAN

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                         And why so?

 

FIRST GENTLEMAN

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He that hath missed the princess is a thing
thing (n.) [contemptuous] being, creature, base thing

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Too bad for bad report: and he that hath her –

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I mean, that married her, alack good man,

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And therefore banished – is a creature such

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As, to seek through the regions of the earth

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For one his like; there would be something failing
like (n.) identity, equivalent, counterpart

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In him that should compare. I do not think

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So fair an outward, and such stuff within
outward (n.) outward show, external appearance, demeanor
stuff (n.) 1 substance, composition, quality, essence

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Endows a man, but he.
far (adv.) 1 to great lengths, very highly

 

SECOND GENTLEMAN

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                         You speak him far.

 

FIRST GENTLEMAN

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I do extend him, sir, within himself,
extend (v.) 1 exaggerate, magnify, blow up

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Crush him together, rather than unfold

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His measure duly.

 

SECOND GENTLEMAN

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                         What's his name and birth?

 

FIRST GENTLEMAN

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I cannot delve him to the root: his father

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Was called Sicilius, who did join his honour
honour (n.) 1 fame, renown, glory
join (v.) 3 ally, unite, associate

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Against the Romans with Cassibelan,

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But had his titles by Tenantius, whom

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He served with glory and admired success:
admired (adj.) 1 wonderful, amazing, remarkable

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So gained the sur-addition Leonatus:
sur-addition (n.) surname, additional title

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And had – besides this gentleman in question –
question (n.) 3 consideration, contention

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Two other sons, who in the wars o'th' time

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Died with their swords in hand. For which their father,

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Then old, and fond of issue, took such sorrow
fond (adj.) 5 eager [for], desirous [of]
fond (adj.) 4 infatuated, doting, passionate
fond (adj.) 6 obsessed [with]
issue (n.) 1 child(ren), offspring, family, descendant

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That he quit being; and his gentle lady,
being (n.) 2 physical existence, life

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Big of this gentleman – our theme – deceased
big (adj.) 1 pregnant [with], swollen

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As he was born. The king he takes the babe

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To his protection, calls him Posthumus Leonatus,

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Breeds him, and makes him of his bed-chamber,
breed (v.), past form bred 1 raise, bring up, support

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Puts to him all the learnings that his time
learning (n.) 2 field of education, domain of instruction
put to (v.) 1 set before, make available to
time (n.) 4 age, years

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Could make him the receiver of, which he took,

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As we do air, fast as 'twas ministered,

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And in's spring became a harvest; lived in court –

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Which rare it is to do – most praised, most loved;
rare (adj.) 1 marvellous, splendid, excellent

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A sample to the youngest, to th' more mature
sample (n.) example, exemplar, model

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A glass that feated them, and to the graver
feat (v.) show a model of behaviour
glass (n.) 1 mirror, looking-glass

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A child that guided dotards. To his mistress –
dotard (n.) old fool, senile idiot

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For whom he now is banished – her own price
price (n.) value, worth, importance

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Proclaims how she esteemed him; and his virtue

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By her election may be truly read
election (n.) choice, preference

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What kind of man he is.

 

SECOND GENTLEMAN

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                         I honour him

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Even out of your report. But pray you tell me,

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Is she sole child to th' king?

 

FIRST GENTLEMAN

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                         His only child.

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He had two sons – if this be worth your hearing,

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Mark it – the eldest of them at three years old,
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]

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I'th' swathing-clothes the other, from their nursery
swathing-clothes / clouts (n.) swaddling clothes, cloths for wrapping round a new-born baby

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Were stolen; and to this hour no guess in knowledge

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Which way they went.

 

SECOND GENTLEMAN

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                         How long is this ago?

 

FIRST GENTLEMAN

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Some twenty years.

 

SECOND GENTLEMAN

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That a king's children should be so conveyed,
convey (v.) 1 carry off, make away with, take by force

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So slackly guarded, and the search so slow

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That could not trace them!

 

FIRST GENTLEMAN

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                         Howsoe'er 'tis strange,

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Or that the negligence may well be laughed at,

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Yet is it true, sir.

 

SECOND GENTLEMAN

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                         I do well believe you.

 

FIRST GENTLEMAN

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We must forbear. Here comes the gentleman,
forbear (v.) 1 stop, cease, desist
forbear (v.) 4 withdraw, leave, give way

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The queen, and princess.

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Exeunt

 
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