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BIRON. I know, you did.
How needless was it then
You must not be so quick. Ros, 'Tis 'long of you that fpur me with such
KING. Madam, your father here doth intimate
part of Aquitain is bound to us, Although not valued to the money's worth. If then the king your father will restore But that one half which is unsatisfied, We will give up our right in Aquitain, And hold fair friendship with his majesty, But that, it seems, he little purposeth, For here he doth demand to have repaid An hundred thousand crowns; and not demands,
On payment of a hundred thousand crowns,
'gainst some reason, in my breast,
wrong, And wrong the reputation of your name,
and not demands,
and not demands
" To have his tille live in Aquitain." I have restored, I believe, the genuine sense of the passage. Aquitain was pledged, it seems, 1o Navarre's father, for 200,000
The French kiwg pretends to have paid one moiety of this debt, (which Navarre knows nothing of) but demands this moiety back again: instead whereof (says Navarre! he should rather pay the remaining moiety, and wemand 10 have Aquitain re-delivered up to him. This is plain and easy reasoning upon the fa& fuppos'd; and Navarre declares, he had rather receive the residue of his debt, than detain the province mortgaged for security of it.
THEOBALD. The two words are frequently confounded in the books of our author's age. See a note on King John, Ad III. sc. iii.
MALONE. depart withal, ] To depart and to part were anciently synonymous. So, in K. John :
" Hath willingly departed with a part. Again, in Every Man out of his Humour: “ Faith, sir, I can hardly depari with ready, money."
STEEVENS. gelded -] To this phrase Shakspeare is peculiarly attached. It occurs in The Winter's Tale, King Richard 11. King Henry IV. King Henry VI. &c. &c. but never less properly than in the present formal speech, addressed by a king to a maiden princess.
In so unfeeming to confess receipt
KING. I do protest, I never heard of it;
We arrest your word:--
Satisfy me fo. Boyet. So please your grace, the packet is not
KING. It shall fuffice me: at which interview,
may not coine, fair princess, in my gates ;
grace! King. Thy own wish wish I thee in every place!
[Exeunt King and his train. BIRON. Lady, I will commend you to my own .
heart. Ros. 'Pray you,
commendations; I would be glad to see it. Biron. I would, you heard it groan.
Ros. Is the fool fick ? :
'fame? 3 Boyet. The heir of Alençon, Rosaline her name.
8 Is the fool fick ? ] She means perhaps his heart. So, in Much ado about Nothing: “ D. Pedro. In faith, lady, you have a merry heart."
Beat. Yes, my lord; I thank it, poor fool, it keeps on the windy side of care." MALONE.
My physick says, I. ] She means to say, ay. The old spelling of the affirmative particle has been retained here for the sake of the thime. MALONE. 2 No poynt, ] So, in The Shoemaker's Holliday, 1600 :
- tell me where he is.
" No point. Shall I betray my brother ?” STEEVENS. No point was a negation borrowed from the French.
See the note on the same words, Ad v. sc. ii. MALONE.
3 What lady is that same? ] It is odd that Shakspeare should make Dumain enquire after Rosaline, who was the miftress of Biron, and negle& Katharine, who was his own. Biron behaves in the same
No advantage would be gained by an exchange of names, because the last speech is determined to Biron by Maria, who gives a chara&er of him after he has made his exit. Perhaps all the ladies wore masks but the princess. STEEVENS. They certainly did. See p. 215, where Biron says to Rosaline
6. Now fair befal your mask!" MALONE.
Dum. A gallant lady! Monsieur, fare
[ Exit. Long. I beseech you, a word; What is she in
the white ? Boyet. A woman sometimes, an you saw her in
Long. Perchance, light in the light: I desire
Boyet. She hath but one for herself; to desire
that, were a shame.
BOYET. Good fir, be not offended:
LONG. Nay, my choler is ended.
[ Exit. 'LONG. BIRON. What's her name, in the cap? Boyet. Katharine, by good hap. BIRON. Is she wedded, or no? Boyet. To her will, fir, or so. Biron. You are welcome, fir; adieu ! Boyet. Farewell to me, sir, and welcome to you.
[Exit Biron. Ladies unmask. Mar. That last is Biron, the merry mad-cap
4 God's blessing on your beard!) That is, may'st thou have sense and seriousness more proportionate to thy beard,' the length of which suits ill with such idle catches of wit. JOHN
I doubt whether so much meaning was intended to be conveyed by these words. MALONE.