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ACT I Post. Which, by their graces, I will keep.
strange fowl light upon neighbouring ponds. Your
would hazard the winning both of first and last. Post. Your Italy contains none so accomplish'd a courtier
to convince the honour of my mistress; if, in the holding or loss of that, you term her frail. I do nothing doubt you have store of thieves ; notwithstanding, I
fear not my ring. Phi. Let us leave here, Gentlemen. Post. Sir, with all my heart. This worthy Signior, I
thank him, makes no stranger of me; we are familiar
at first. Iach. With five times so much conversation, I should
get ground of your fair mistress; make her go back, even to the yielding, had I admittance, and opportunity
to friend. Post. No, no. IACH. I dare thereupon pawn the moiety of my estate to
your ring; which, in my opinion, o'ervalues it some-
suasion; and I doubt not you sustain what you 're
worthy of by your attempt. Iach. What's that? Post. A repulse; though your attempt, as you call it,
deserve more—a punishment too. Phi. Gentlemen, enough of this : it came in too suddenly;
let it die as it was born, and, I pray you, be better
acquainted. IACH. Would I had put my estate and my neighbour's
on the approbation of what I have spoke ! Post. What lady would you choose to assail ? Iach. Your's; whom in constancy you think stands so safe.
I will lay you ten thousand ducats to your ring, that, commend me to the Court where your Lady is, with no more advantage than the opportunity of a second conference, and I will bring from thence that honour of
her's which you imagine so reserv’d.
I hold dear as my finger; 'tis part of it.
buy ladies' flesh at a million a dram, you cannot pre-
graver purpose, I hope. IACH. I am the master of my speeches; and would
undergo what's spoken, I swear. Post. Will you? I shall but lend my diamond till your
return. Let there be covenants drawn between 's: my mistress exceeds in goodness the hugeness of your unworthy thinking. I dare you to this match; here's
Phi. I will have it no lay.
cient testimony that I have enjoy'd the dearest bodily
entertainment. Post. I embrace these conditions ; let us have articles
betwixt us. Only thus far you shall answer: If you make your voyage upon her, and give me directly to understand you have prevail'd, I am no further your enemy; she is not worth our debate: if she remain unseduc'd (you not making it appear otherwise) for your ill opinion, and the assault you have made to her
chastity, you shall answer me with your sword. Lach. Your hand; a covenant: we will have these things
set down by lawful counsel, and straight away for Britain, lest the bargain should catch cold and starve.
1 an allusion to the declaration of Posthumus, lines 63-4.
I will fetch my gold, and have our two wagers
[Exeunt POSTHUMUS and IACHIMO.
SCENE V. Britain. A Room in CYMBELINE's Palace.
Enter the QUEEN, Ladies, and CORNELIUS.
(presenting a small box.
But, though slow, deadly?
I wonder, Doctor,
Their several virtues and effects.
Besides, the seeing these effects will be
Both noisome and infectious.
O, content thee.
How now, Pisanio! Doctor, your service for this time is ended ;
Take your own way.
I do suspect you, Madam;
Hark thee, a word.
So to be false with her.
No further service, Doctor,
I humbly take my leave. [exit.
IX : FF
Continue where he is : to shift his being
A sly and constant knave;
Re-enter PISANIO and Ladies.
So, so; well done, well done:
Think on my words. [Exeunt QUEEN and Ladies.
And shall do: