The Two Noble Kinsmen

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Enter Iaylors daughter alone.Enter Gaoler's Daughter alone TNK III.ii.1.1
He has mistooke; the Beake I meant, is goneHe has mistook the brake I meant, is gonebrake (n.)

old form: Beake
bush, thicket
TNK III.ii.1
After his fancy, Tis now welnigh morning,After his fancy. 'Tis now well-nigh morning.fancy (n.)
whim, inclination, caprice
TNK III.ii.2
No matter, would it were perpetuall night,No matter; would it were perpetual night, TNK III.ii.3
And darkenes Lord o'th world, Harke tis a woolfe:And darkness lord o'th' world. Hark; 'tis a wolf! TNK III.ii.4
In me hath greife slaine feare, and but for one thingIn me hath grief slain fear, and but for one thing TNK III.ii.5
I care for nothing, and that's Palamon.I care for nothing, and that's Palamon. TNK III.ii.6
I wreake not if the wolves would jaw me, soI reck not if the wolves would jaw me, soreck (v.)

old form: wreake
regard, heed, care [for]
TNK III.ii.7
jaw (v.)
bite, eat, devour
He had this File; what if I hallowd for him?He had this file; what if I hallowed for him?hallow, holloa, hollow (v.)
shout, yell, cry out
TNK III.ii.8
I cannot hallow: if I whoop'd; what then?I cannot hallow; if I whooped, what then? TNK III.ii.9
If he not answeard, I should call a wolfe,If he not answered, I should call a wolf, TNK III.ii.10
And doe him but that service. I have heardAnd do him but that service. I have heard TNK III.ii.11
Strange howles this live-long night, why may't not beStrange howls this livelong night; why may't not be TNK III.ii.12
They have made prey of him? he has no weapons,They have made prey of him? He has no weapons; TNK III.ii.13
He cannot run, the Iengling of his GivesHe cannot run; the jingling of his gyvesgyve (n.)

old form: Gives
(plural) fetters, shackles
TNK III.ii.14
Might call fell things to listen, who have in themMight call fell things to listen, who have in themfell (adj.)
cruel, fierce, savage
TNK III.ii.15
A sence to know a man unarmd, and canA sense to know a man unarmed, and can TNK III.ii.16
Smell where resistance is. Ile set it downeSmell where resistance is. I'll set it downset down (v.)

old form: downe
log, make note, put on record
TNK III.ii.17
He's torne to peeces, they howld many togetherHe's torn to pieces; they howled many together, TNK III.ii.18
And then they feed on him: So much for that,And then they fed on him; so much for that. TNK III.ii.19
Be bold to ring the Bell; how stand I then?Be bold to ring the bell. How stand I then?stand (v.)
continue, remain, wait, stay put
TNK III.ii.20
bold (adj.)
ready, unafraid, prepared
All's char'd when he is gone, No, no I lye,All's chared when he is gone. No, no, I lie;chare (v.)

old form: char'd
do, accomplish, finish
TNK III.ii.21
My Father's to be hang'd for his escape,My father's to be hanged for his escape, TNK III.ii.22
My selfe to beg, if I prizd life so muchMyself to beg, if I prized life so muchbeg (v.)
become a beggar
TNK III.ii.23
As to deny my act, but that I would not,As to deny my act; but that I would not, TNK III.ii.24
Should I try death by dussons: I am mop't,Should I try death by dozens. I am moped;moped (adj.)

old form: mop't
bewildered, confused, in a daze
TNK III.ii.25
try (v.)
experience, undergo, endure
dozens, by

old form: dussons
in dozens of different ways
Food tooke I none these two daies. / Sipt some water.Food took I none these two days; sipped some water. TNK III.ii.26
I have not closd mine eyesI have not closed mine eyes, TNK III.ii.27
Save when my lids scowrd off their bine; alasSave when my lids scoured off their brine. Alas,brine (n.)

old form: bine
salt water [i.e. tears]
TNK III.ii.28
Dissolue my life, Let not my sence unsettleDissolve, my life; let not my sense unsettle,sense (n.)

old form: sence
mind, power of reason, wits
TNK III.ii.29
unsettle (v.)
become unsettled, be disturbed
Least I should drowne, or stab, or hang my selfe.Lest I should drown, or stab, or hang myself. TNK III.ii.30
O state of Nature, faile together in me,O state of nature, fail together in me,together (adv.)
all at once, at the same time
TNK III.ii.31
nature (n.)
natural powers, normal state [of mind and body]
Since thy best props are warpt: So which way now?Since thy best props are warped! So, which way now? TNK III.ii.32
The best way is, the next way to a grave:The best way is the next way to a grave;next (adj.)
nearest, shortest, most direct
TNK III.ii.33
Each errant step beside is torment. LoeEach errant step beside is torment. Lo,errant (adj.)
wandering, straying, erring
TNK III.ii.34
beside (adv.)
to the side, from that path
The Moone is down, the Cryckets chirpe, the SchreichowleThe moon is down, the crickets chirp, the screech-owl TNK III.ii.35
Calls in the dawne; all offices are doneCalls in the dawn. All offices are done,office (n.)
task, service, duty, responsibility
TNK III.ii.36
Save what I faile in: But the point is thisSave what I fail in; but the point is this, TNK III.ii.37
An end, and that is all.An end, and that is all.end (n.)
death, ending [of life]
TNK III.ii.38
Exit.Exit TNK III.ii.38
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