The Two Noble Kinsmen
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Enter Iailors Daughter alone.Enter Gaoler's Daughter alone TNK II.iii.1.1
Why should I love this Gentleman? Tis oddsWhy should I love this gentleman? 'Tis oddsodds (n. plural)probability, likelihood, odds-onTNK II.iii.1
He never will affect me; I am base,He never will affect me; I am base,affect (v.)love, like, be fond ofTNK II.iii.2
base (adj.)low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank
My Father the meane Keeper of his Prison,My father the mean keeper of his prison,mean (adj.)
old form: meane
lowly, humble, poor
TNK II.iii.3
And he a prince; To marry him is hopelesse;And he a prince. To marry him is hopeless;hopeless (adj.)
old form: hopelesse
beyond hope, impossible to hope for
TNK II.iii.4
To be his whore, is witles; Out upon't;To be his whore is witless. Out upon't!witless (adj.)
old form: witles
stupid, foolish, crazy
TNK II.iii.5
What pushes are we wenches driven toWhat pushes are we wenches driven topush (n.)extremity, limit, measureTNK II.iii.6
wench (n.)girl, lass
When fifteene once has found us? First I saw him,When fifteen once has found us! First I saw him; TNK II.iii.7
I (seeing) thought he was a goodly man;I, seeing, thought he was a goodly man;goodly (adj.)good-looking, handsome, attractive, comelyTNK II.iii.8
He has as much to please a woman in him,He has as much to please a woman in him –  TNK II.iii.9
(If he please to bestow it so) as everIf he please to bestow it so – as ever TNK II.iii.10
These eyes yet lookt on; Next, I pittied him,These eyes yet looked on. Next, I pitied him, TNK II.iii.11
And so would any young wench o' my ConscienceAnd so would any young wench, o' my conscience, TNK II.iii.12
That ever dream'd, or vow'd her MaydenheadThat ever dreamed, or vowed her maidenheadmaidenhead (n.)
old form: Maydenhead
TNK II.iii.13
To a yong hansom Man; Then I lov'd him,To a young handsome man. Then I loved him, TNK II.iii.14
(Extreamely lov'd him) infinitely lov'd him;Extremely loved him, infinitely loved him; TNK II.iii.15
And yet he had a Cosen, faire as he too.And yet he had a cousin, fair as he too; TNK II.iii.16
But in my heart was Palamon, and thereBut in my heart was Palamon, and there, TNK II.iii.17
Lord, what a coyle he keepes? To heare himLord, what a coil he keeps! To hear himcoil (n.)
old form: coyle
turmoil, disturbance, fuss
TNK II.iii.18
Sing in an evening, what a heaven it is?Sing in an evening, what a heaven it is! TNK II.iii.19
And yet his Songs are sad-ones; Fairer spoken,And yet his songs are sad ones. Fairer spokensad (adj.)downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomyTNK II.iii.20
Was never Gentleman. When I come inWas never gentleman; when I come in TNK II.iii.21
To bring him water in a morning, firstTo bring him water in a morning, first TNK II.iii.22
He bowes his noble body, then salutes me, thus:He bows his noble body, then salutes me, thus:salute (v.)greet, welcome, addressTNK II.iii.23
Faire, gentle Mayde, good morrow, may thy goodnes,‘ Fair, gentle maid, good morrow; may thy goodnessmorrow (n.)morningTNK II.iii.24
gentle (adj.)courteous, friendly, kind
Get thee a happy husband; Once he kist me,Get thee a happy husband.’ Once he kissed me; TNK II.iii.25
I lov'd my lips the better ten daies after,I loved my lips the better ten days after –  TNK II.iii.26
Would he would doe so ev'ry day; He greives much,Would he would do so every day! He grieves much, TNK II.iii.27
And me as much to see his misery.And me as much to see his misery. TNK II.iii.28
What should I doe, to make him know I love him,What should I do to make him know I love him? TNK II.iii.29
For I would faine enjoy him? Say I ventur'dFor I would fain enjoy him. Say I venturedenjoy (v.)possess in love, sleep withTNK II.iii.30
fain (adv.)
old form: faine
gladly, willingly
To set him free? what saies the law then? Thus muchTo set him free? What says the law then? Thus much TNK II.iii.31
For Law, or kindred: I will doe it,For law or kindred! I will do it; TNK II.iii.32
And this night, or to morrow he shall love me.And this night, or tomorrow, he shall love me. TNK II.iii.33
Exit.Exit TNK II.iii.33
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