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ACT I - SCENE I. Antechamber in LEONTES' palace.
Enter CAMILLO and ARCHIDAMUS

ARCHIDAMUS
1    If you shall chance, Camillo, to visit Bohemia, on
2    the like occasion whereon my services are now on
3    foot, you shall see, as I have said, great
4    difference betwixt our Bohemia and your Sicilia.
CAMILLO
5    I think, this coming summer, the King of Sicilia
6    means to pay Bohemia the visitation which he justly owes him.
ARCHIDAMUS
7    Wherein our entertainment shall shame us we will be
8    justified in our loves; for indeed--
CAMILLO
9    Beseech you,--
ARCHIDAMUS
10   Verily, I speak it in the freedom of my knowledge:
11   we cannot with such magnificence--in so rare--I know
12   not what to say. We will give you sleepy drinks,
13   that your senses, unintelligent of our insufficience,
14   may, though they cannot praise us, as little accuse
15   us.
CAMILLO
16   You pay a great deal too dear for what's given freely.
ARCHIDAMUS
17   Believe me, I speak as my understanding instructs me
18   and as mine honesty puts it to utterance.
CAMILLO
19   Sicilia cannot show himself over-kind to Bohemia.
20   They were trained together in their childhoods; and
21   there rooted betwixt them then such an affection,
22   which cannot choose but branch now. Since their
23   more mature dignities and royal necessities made
24   separation of their society, their encounters,
25   though not personal, have been royally attorneyed
26   with interchange of gifts, letters, loving
27   embassies; that they have seemed to be together,
28   though absent, shook hands, as over a vast, and
29   embraced, as it were, from the ends of opposed
30   winds. The heavens continue their loves!
ARCHIDAMUS
31   I think there is not in the world either malice or
32   matter to alter it. You have an unspeakable
33   comfort of your young prince Mamillius: it is a
34   gentleman of the greatest promise that ever came
35   into my note.
CAMILLO
36   I very well agree with you in the hopes of him: it
37   is a gallant child; one that indeed physics the
38   subject, makes old hearts fresh: they that went on
39   crutches ere he was born desire yet their life to
40   see him a man.
ARCHIDAMUS
41   Would they else be content to die?
CAMILLO
42   Yes; if there were no other excuse why they should
43   desire to live.
ARCHIDAMUS
44   If the king had no son, they would desire to live
45   on crutches till he had one.
Exeunt

ACT I, SCENE II (Next) >
Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III

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