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Enter the Queen, Posthumus, and Imogen

Imogen

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Queen No, be assured you shall not find me, Daughter,
85After the slander of most stepmothers,

After

According to
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Evil-eyed unto you. You're my prisoner, but

evil-eyed

watching with evil intentions
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Your jailer shall deliver you the keys
That lock up your restraint. For you, Posthumus,

That lock up your restraint

that lock you up and restrain you
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For

as for
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So soon as I can win th'offended King,

win

win over, persuade
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90I will be known your advocate; marry, yet

known

recognized as
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marry

(an exclamation of surprise)
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The fire of rage is in him, and 'twere good

'twere

it would be
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You leaned unto his sentence; with what patience,

leaned unto

went along with
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Please

If it please
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Your wisdom may inform you.
Posthumus
Please Your Highness,

from hence

go from here
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95I will from hence today.
Queen
You know the peril.
I'll fetch a turn about the garden, pitying

fetch a turn

make a circuit
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The pangs of barred affections, though the King

barred

prohibited
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Hath charged you should not speak together.

charged

ordered
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Exit
100Imogen O dissembling courtesy! How fine this tyrant

dissembling

false
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fine

well, cunningly
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Can tickle where she wounds! My dearest husband,
I something fear my father's wrath but nothing

something

somewhat
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nothing

not at all
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(Always reserved my holy duty) what

Always reserved my holy duty

aside from the obligation I have to him as my father
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His rage can do on me. You must be gone,

on

to
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105And I shall here abide the hourly shot

abide

await; undergo a punishment
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Of angry eyes, not comforted to live
But that there is this jewel in the world

this jewel in the world

i.e., Posthumus
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My queen

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mistress

beloved
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That I may see again.
Posthumus
My queen, my mistress,
110O lady, weep no more lest I give cause

lest

for fear that
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To be suspected of more tenderness
Than doth become a man. I will remain

become

suit
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The loyalest husband that did e'er plight troth.

plight troth

promise to marry
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My residence in Rome, at one Philario's,

in

will be in
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one

a certain
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115Who to my father was a friend, to me
Known but by letter. Thither write, my queen,

but

only
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by letter

through correspondence
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Thither

To there
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And with mine eyes I'll drink the words you send

gall

an ingredient of ink; bitterness
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Though ink be made of gall.
Enter Queen
120Queen
Be brief, I pray you.
If the King come, I shall incur I know not
How much of his displeasure -- [Aside] yet I'll move him
To walk this way. I never do him wrong

I never . . . offenses.

I never hurt him without him believing my injuries to be benefits.
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But he does buy my injuries, to be friends;
125Pays dear for my offenses.
Posthumus Should we be taking leave

taking leave

saying goodbye
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As long a term as yet we have to live,

term

period
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The loathness to depart would grow. Adieu.
Imogen Nay, stay a little:
130Were you but riding forth to air yourself,

air yourself

get some fresh air
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Such parting were too petty. Look here, love,

petty

short, insignificant
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this diamond

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[Gives ring to Posthumus]

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This diamond was my mother's; [Gives ring to Posthumus]
Take it, heart,
But keep it till you woo another wife

But

only
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When Imogen is dead.
135Posthumus
How, how? Another?
You gentle gods, give me but this I have

give me but this I have

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And cere up my embracements from a next

cere

seal
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embracements

embraces
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a next

another wife
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With bonds of death. Remain, remain thou here

thou

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While sense can keep it on. And sweetest, fairest,
140As I my poor self did exchange for you

As I . . . loss

As you lost an infinite amount by exchanging your (valuable) self for my inadequate or inferior self in marriage
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To your so infinite loss, so in our trifles
I still win of you. For my sake wear this;

of

from
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[Gives bracelet to Imogen]

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[Gives bracelet to Imogen]
It is a manacle of love. I'll place it

manacle of love

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this fairest prisoner

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Upon this fairest prisoner.
145Imogen
O the gods!

When shall we see again?

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When shall we see again?
Enter Cymbeline and Lords
Posthumus
Alack, the King!
Cymbeline Thou basest thing, avoid hence, from my sight!

basest thing

lowest-ranking, most inferior, or most worthless person
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avoid

leave
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150If after this command thou fraught the court

fraught

burden, as a ship
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With thy unworthiness, thou diest. Away:

Thou'rt poison to my blood

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Thou'rt poison to my blood.
Posthumus
The gods protect you
And bless the good remainders of the court.

remainders

rest
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pinch

pain
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155I am gone.
Exit
Imogen
There cannot be a pinch in death
More sharp than this is.
Cymbeline
O disloyal thing
That shouldst repair my youth, thou heapst

repair

restore
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160A year's age on me.
Imogen
I beseech you, sir,
Harm not yourself with your vexation.
I am senseless of your wrath; a touch more rare

senseless of

not able to feel
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touch

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pangs

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grace

virtue; pardon; attractive behavior; royal favor
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Subdues all pangs, all fears.
165Cymbeline
Past grace? Obedience?
Imogen Past hope and in despair, that way past grace.

grace

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Cymbeline That mightst have had the sole son of my Queen.
Imogen Oh, blessed that I might not! I chose an eagle
170And did avoid a puttock.

puttock

buzzard, kite, associated with "ignobleness" and "greed" (OED)
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Cymbeline Thou tookst a beggar, wouldst have made my throne

seat

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A seat for baseness.
Imogen
No, I rather added

bred

raised
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over-buys . . .pays

is worth almost twice as much as me
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Would

I wish
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neatherd's

cowherd's
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Thou foolish thing

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after

according to
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Beseech your patience:

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Beseech

I beg for
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make . . . advice

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let her . . . folly

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Fie . . . way

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on't

of it
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brave sir

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goer-back

one who retreats
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suffer

allow
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bring

accompany
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haven

port
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lay

bet
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Pray walk a while

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hence

from now
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pray

please
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shift

change
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violence

vehemence; agression or cruelty
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reek

sweat; give off odor, as a burnt offering
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vent

give off
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passable carcass

that which could pass for dead; pierceable
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throughfare

thoroughfare, arterial road
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His steel . . . town.

Clotten's sword was like a debtor, in that it snuck around behind the buildings (rather than going on the thoroughfare).
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stand

quibble on "stand up to" and "tolerate"
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have land . . . some ground

First Lord plays on the literal sense of "giving ground" (or retreating): Clotten owns plenty of land already, but Posthumus gave him some more (by retreating)
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As many . . . oceans.

Posthumus retreated by as many inches as Clotten owns oceans (i.e., none)
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puppies

(denigrating term)
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long

big
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election

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she's a good sign

she is not as smart as she is beautiful
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small reflection of her wit

little sign of her intelligence
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She . . . her.

playing on the word "reflection"
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attend

go with; wait upon
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Well

Very well
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grewst unto

planted yourself in
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questionedst every sail

asked every boat (for news from Posthumus)
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lost/As offered mercy is

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spake

said
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senseless

without ability to feel
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happier therein than I

the handkerchief is luckier than Imogen because Posthumus kissed it
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make

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keep

stay on
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fits and stirs

motions
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of's

of his
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made

seen
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left/To after-eye him

stopped watching after him
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as little as a crow

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I would have broke mine eyestrings, / cracked them

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but

only
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diminution

diminishing
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vantage

opportunity
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I did not take my leave of him

Imogen did not have a chance to say goodbye properly
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Ere

Before
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shes

women
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betray

usurp
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interest

wifely rights
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his honor

i.e., by seducing him
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charged

ordered
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T'encounter me with orisons

to pray simultaneously with her
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tyrannous breathing of the North

Boreas, or the north wind, was personified as rough and cold
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Shakes all our buds from growing

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dispatched

completed
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I will attend the Queen.

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a Dutchman, and a Spaniard

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I have seen him in Britain

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crescent note

growing reputation
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allowed the name of

acknowledged
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without the help of admiration

without being directed to be excited by an exclamation point
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tabled

listed
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peruse him by items

examine him item by item
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less furnished . . . without and within

did not have the thing(s) he has now that "make" him inwardly and outwardly
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could behold the sun with as firm eyes as he

who could stare at the sun as fixedly
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weighed

judged
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words

expresses
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approbation

testimony
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under her colors

on her side
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extend

flatter
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be it but

if only
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fortify

support, endorse
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an easy battery might lay flat

a light assault might defeat
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without less quality

with so little quality
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sojourn

lodge
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creeps

grows
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entertained

welcomed; treated
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knowing

knowledge; experience
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commend

recommend
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hereafter

after this
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story

tell his history
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we have known together

we knew each other
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ever to pay, and yet pay still

trying to repay forever, and still fall short
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atone

reconcile
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had been

would have been
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mortal

fatal
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rather shunned to go even with what I heard

preferred to ignore advice
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mended

improved
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arbitrament

arbitration
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confounded one the other

one would have destroyed the other
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difference

cause of the quarrel
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without contradiction

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suffer

allow
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report

telling
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fell out

happened
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country mistresses

countrywomen
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this gentleman

i.e., Posthumus
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vouching

swearing
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qualified

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less attemptable

"That may be attempted; liable or open to attempts" (OED)
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any the rarest

any of the rarest
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by this

by this time
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prefer her

rank her higher
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abate her nothing

not reduce her estimated value at all; subtract nothing from what he'd said
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adorer, not her friend

worshipper, not her lover
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had been

would have been
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something

somewhat
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Britany

Britain; not Brittany, the French province
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went before

exceeded in value
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If . . . lady.

Iachimo says that Posthumus is overgeneralizing: even if Imogen is more perfect than many women, just as the diamond in Posthumus's ring is more beautiful than many diamonds, it is still not fair to say that she is the best: Posthumus has not seen all women in the world, just as Iachimo has not seen all diamonds.
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rated

valued
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esteem

value
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unparagoned

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outprized by a trifle

More ambiguity: Imogen is either a little overvalued, or a trifle (the ring) is worth more than she is.
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the one

i.e., the ring
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or

either
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the other

i.e., Imogen
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wear

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in title

in name
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strange fowl light upon neighboring ponds

foreign birds may land on nearby ponds
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brace

pair (a hunting term)
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unprizeable

ambiguous, as before: either priceless (without price) or unable to be prized (worthless)
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the one

i.e., Imogen
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the other

i.e., the ring
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casual

prone to accident
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convince

conquer (in addition to the usual denotation)
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mistress

wife; beloved (not always in illicit sense)
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that

i.e., her honor
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nothing

not at all
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store

ample supply
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fear not

have no fear of losing
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leave here

change the subject
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familiar

on familiar terms
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conversation

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get ground of

win territory from
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yielding

surrender
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admittance

permission to enter
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to friend

as an advantage
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moiety

half
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something

somewhat
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to bar your offense herein to

to prevent your being offending at this
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durst

dare
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abused

misled, mistaken
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persuasion

quibble on Iachimo's self-confidence and his ability to persuade
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attempt

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th'approbation

attempt
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assail

assault
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commend

if you recommend (introduce as a friend)
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reserved

quibble on safe and chaste
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I will wage . . . it

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You are . . . wiser

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If you . . . tainting

No matter how high a price Posthumus is willing to place on Imogen's chastity(ladies' flesh), he can't keep it from going bad, literally or metaphorically.
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I see you have some religion in you, that you fear.

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This . . . tongue

This is but a manner of speaking common in Italy
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bear

maintain
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I shall but lend my diamond

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covenants

a contract
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between's

between us
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lay

wager
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come off

retreat
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this your jewel

i.e., the ring
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commendation

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entertainment

reception, welcome
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articles

stipulations in a contract
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voyage

travel and military attack
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directly

honestly
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for . . . sword

Posthumus warns Iachimo that if Imogen is not seduced, Iachimo will have assaulted and insulted her honor, and therefore Posthumus will challenge him to a duel.
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starve

freeze, die of exposure
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from it

go from it
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Whiles . . . haste

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note

list
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dispatch

hurry
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drugs

medicines
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compounds

drugs, medicines
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movers

agents
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To make . . . preserve

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confections

concoctions, especially sweetened
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meet

appropriate
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amplify

expand, extend
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conclusions

experiments
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allayments

antidotes
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gather

come to understand
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several

separate
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the seeing

seeing
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noisome

noxious, unpleasant
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content thee

don't worry
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for

in favor of
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do no harm

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Hark thee

Listen
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ling'ring

"Characterized by slow or tardy action" (OED)
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perchance

perhaps
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prove

test
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up higher

i.e., on humans
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the locking up the spirits a time

making the victim appear dead for a while
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fooled

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quench

become less passionate or emotional
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Where folly now possesses

where she is now controlled by folly
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on the instant

instantly
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his fortunes all lie speechless

Posthumus has nobody to lobby on his behalf
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his name/Is at last gasp

on the point of dying
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Return he cannot, nor/Continue where he is

He cannot return because he has been banished; perhaps the Queen believes he cannot stay abroad because he would run out of money.
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To shift his being

To move
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depender

dependent upon
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a thing . . . prop him

Posthumus is compared to a collapsing building that cannot be rebuilt or propped up by friends.
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Thou tak'st . . . what

You don't know what you're picking up
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cordial

healthy (especially for the heart)
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an earnest

a symbol (as a downpayment)
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farther

greater
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mean

intend
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do't as from thyself

pretend it's your idea
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Think what a chance thou changest on

Think what an opportunity you have to change masters
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but think/Thou hast thy mistress still

keep in mind that you're not really changing; Imogen will continue to be your mistress
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move

petition
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To. . . desire

To whatever form of advancement you prefer
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set thee on

put you up to
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to this desert

to deserving this
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am bound

swear
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shaked

moved
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agent

one who acts for
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remembrancer

reminder
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hold

maintain
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handfast

betrothal or marriage
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unpeople her

depopulate her
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ledgers

resident ambassadors
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after

afterward
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Except

unless
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bend her humor

change her attitude
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closet

private study, especially for women
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false

treacherous, deceitful
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That hath her husband banished

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supreme crown

highest or final point
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and . . . of it!

Presumably Imogen alludes to her father, the Queen, and Clotten, who continually aggravate her grief.
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happy

i.e., I would be happy (or lucky)
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most . . . glorious

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How mean soe'er

Of however low birth
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that have their honest wills

who have attained their simple and appropriate desires
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Which seasons comfort

which satisfaction increases the person's happiness
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Fie

for shame
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Change you

Change your expression
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out of door

visible
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most rich

most valuable or desirable
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so rare

as exceptional
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th'Arabian bird

the phoenix
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Arm me

armor me
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Parthian

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directly

immediately
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note

reputation
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tied

obligated
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Reflect

shine, look favorably
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trust

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the very middle of my heart

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You are as welcome . . . bid you

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What, are men mad?

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this vaulted arch

the sky or the heavens
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the numbered

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partition

distinction
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spectacles so precious

i.e., eyes
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admiration

quibble on flattery and wonderment
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shes

women
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chatter this way

i.e., evidently in approval
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mows

grimaces
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case

legal question
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favor

attractiveness
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sluttery

uncleanness, either of house or person
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neat

clean, well-dressed, elegant
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Should make desire . . . feed

should stimulate revulsion, not carnal appetite
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trow

truly
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cloy‚d

over-indulged to the point of revulsion, especially with sweetness
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will

desire, lust
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satiate

entirely filled
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running

overflowing
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ravening

devouring
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raps

carries away (literally or metaphorically)
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Beseech you . . . peevish

(directed to Pisanio)
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desire

ask for
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strange

a foreigner, unfamiliar with local customs
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peevish

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beseech

I ask
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None a

There is not a
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gamesome

playful
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incline

tend
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sadness

seriousness; graveness
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one/An

an
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An . . . loves

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Gallian

from a Roman province in present-day France
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furnaces

emitting fumes like a furnace
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free

unobstructed; unfettered
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hold

keep from splitting
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history, report, or his own proof

written knowledge of the past or stories; verbal rumor or reported stories; or personal experience
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But . . . languish

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will's

will his
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languish

pine away
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assured

certain
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recreation

entertainment
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blame

blameworthy
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A luster to it.
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Enter Queen
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Exit
Enter Pisanio
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Queen and Imogen exeunt together, Pisanio apart
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Enter Clotten and two Lords
230[Aside]235[Aside][Aside]240[Aside][Aside]245[Aside]250[Aside]255[Aside]260
Exeunt
Enter Imogen and Pisanio
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Enter a Lady
310[To Pisanio] [To Lady]
Imogen and Lady exeunt together; Pisanio separately
Enter Philario, Iachimo, a Frenchman, a 315Dutchman, and a Spaniard
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Enter Posthumus
[To Iachimo, Frenchman, Dutchman, and Spaniard] [Posthumus joins them][To Iachimo, Frenchman, Dutchman, and Spaniard] 345350355360365370375380385390395400405410415420425430435440445450455460465470475480
[Exeunt Posthumus and Iachimo]
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Exeunt
Enter Queen, Ladies, and Cornelius
490
Exeunt Ladies
495500505510515520
Enter Pisanio
[Aside] 525[Aside][To Pisanio]530[Aside]535540[To Cornelius]
Exit
545550555560[Queen drops the drug, which Pisanio picks up]565570575Exit Pisanio580Enter Pisanio and Ladies[To Ladies]585
Exeunt Queen and Ladies
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Exit
Enter Imogen alone
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Enter Pisanio and Iachimo
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[Gives a letter]
Reads620625630635640645650[To Pisanio]655
Exit
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Imogen
Not he, I hope.
It is your fault that I have loved Posthumus:
You bred him as my playfellow, and he is

bred

raised
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A man worth any woman; over-buys me

over-buys . . .pays

is worth almost twice as much as me
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Almost the sum he pays.
180Cymbeline
What? Art thou mad?
Imogen Almost, sir, Heaven restore me! Would I were

Would

I wish
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A neatherd's daughter and my Leonatus

neatherd's

cowherd's
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Thou foolish thing

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Our neighbor shepherd's son.
Enter Queen
185Cymbeline
Thou foolish thing,
They were again together. You have done
Not after our command. Away with her

after

according to
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Beseech your patience:

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Beseech

I beg for
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And pen her up.
Queen
Beseech your patience. -- Peace,
190Dear lady daughter, peace. -- Sweet sovereign,
Leave us to ourselves and make yourself some comfort

make . . . advice

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let her . . . folly

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Out of your best advice.
Cymbeline
Nay, let her languish
A drop of blood a day and, being aged,

Fie . . . way

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195Die of this folly.
Exit
Enter Pisanio
Queen
[To Imogen] Fie! You must give way!
Here is your servant. -- How now, sir? What news?
Pisanio
My lord your son drew on my master.
200Queen
Ha?
No harm, I trust, is done?
Pisanio
There might have been,
But that my master rather played than fought
And had no help of anger. They were parted

on't

of it
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205By gentlemen at hand.
Queen
I am very glad on't.
Imogen Your son's my father's friend: he takes his part
To draw upon an exile. Oh, brave sir!

brave sir

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I would they were in Afric both together,
210Myself by with a needle that I might prick
The goer-back. Why came you from your master?

goer-back

one who retreats
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Pisanio On his command. He would not suffer me

suffer

allow
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To bring him to the haven; left these notes

bring

accompany
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haven

port
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Of what commands I should be subject to
215When't pleased you to employ me.
Queen
This hath been
Your faithful servant. I dare lay mine honor

lay

bet
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He will remain so.

Pray walk a while

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Pisanio
I humbly thank Your Highness.
220Queen
[To Imogen] Pray walk awhile.
Imogen [To Pisanio] About some half hour hence, pray you speak with me;

hence

from now
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pray

please
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You shall at least go see my lord aboard.
For this time, leave me.
Queen and Imogen exeunt together, Pisanio apart