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I have seen her wear it; and she reckon'd it
Laf. · I am sure, I saw her wear it.
Ber. You are deceiv’d, my lord, she never saw it: In Florence was it from a casement thrown me, Wrapp'd in a paper, which contain'd the name Of her that threw it: noble she was, and thought I stood ingag’d:“ but when I had subscrib'd To mine own fortune, and inform'd her fully, I could not answer in that course of honour As she had made the overture, she ceas'd, In heavy satisfaction, and would never Receive the ring again. King.
Plutus himself, That knows the tinct and multiplying medicine, Hath not in nature's mystery more science, Than I have in this ring: 'twas mine, 'twas Helen's, Whoever gave it you: Then, if you know That you are well acquainted with yourself, Confess 'twas hers, and by what rough enforcement
5. In Florence was it from a casement thrown me,] Bertram still continues to have too little virtue to deserve Helen. He did not know indeed that it was Helen's ring, but he knew that he had it not from a window. JOHNSON.
6 — noble she was, and thought
I stood ingag'd:] Ingaged, in the sense of unengaged, is a word of exactly the same formation as inhabitable, which is used by Shakspeare and the contemporary writers for uninhabitable.
Malone. 7 Plutus himself,
That knows the tinct and multiplying medicine,] Plutus, the grand alchemist, who knows the tincture which confers the properties of gold upon base metals, and the matter by which gold is multiplied, by which a small quantity of gold is made to communicate its qualities to a large mass of base metal. 8 Then, if you know
That you are well acquainted with yourself,
Confess 'twas hers,] The true meaning of this expression is, If you know that your faculties are so sound, as that you have the proper consciousness of your own actions, and are able to recollect and relate what you have done, tell me, &c. Johnson.
You got it from her: she call’d the saints to surety,
She never saw it.
[Guards seize BERTRAM. My fore-past proofs, howe'er the matter fall, Shall tax my fears of little vanity, Having vainly fear'd too little.' – Away with him;We'll sift this matter further. Ber.
If you shall prove
Enter a Gentleman.
9 My fore-past proofs, &c.] The proofs which I have already had are sufficient to show that my fears were not vain and irrational. I have rather been hitherto more easy than I ought, and have unreasonably had too little fear. Johnson.
? Who hath, for four or five removes, come short, &c.] Who hath missed the opportunity of presenting it in person to your majesty, either at Marseilles, or on the road from thence to Rou
To tender it herself. I undertook it,
it, he wonnis vows are 'He stole fi
King. Reads.] Upon his many protestations to marry me, when his wife was dead, I blush to say it, he won me. Now is the count Rousillon a widower ; his vows are forfeited to me, and my honour's paid to him. He stole from Florence, taking no leave, and I follow him to his country for justice: Grant it me, o king; in you it best lies; otherwise a seducer flourishes, and a poor maid is undone.
DIANA CAPULET. Laf. I will buy me a son-in-law in a fair, and toll him:for this, I'll none of him. King. The heavens have thought well on thee,
Lafeu, To bring forth this discovery.--Seek these suitors:Go, speedily, and bring again the count.
[Exeunt Gentleman, and some Attendants. I am afeard, the life of Helen, lady, Was foully snatch'd. Count.
Now, justice on the doers !
Enter BERTRAM, guarded. King. I wonder, sir, since wives are monsters to
you, sillon, in consequence of having been four or five removes behind you. MALONE.
? I will buy me a son-in-law in a fair, and toll him:) i. e. I'll buy me a son-in-law as they buy a horse in a fair ; toul him, i. e. enter him on the toul or toll-book, to prove I came honestly by him, and ascertain my title to him.
And that you fly them as you swear them lordship, Yet you desire to marry.—What woman's that?
Re-enter Gentleman, with Widow, and Diana.
Dia. I am, my lord, a wretched Florentine,
Wid. I am her mother, sir, whose age and honour.
women? Ber. My lord, I neither can, nor will deny But that I know them: Do they charge me further?
Dia. Why do you look so strange upon your wife?
If you shall marry,
Laf. Your reputation [To BERTRAM.) comes too short for my daughter, you are no husband for her. Ber. My lord, this is a fond and desperate crea
ture, Whom sometime I have laugh'd with: let your
highness Lay a more noble thought upon mine honour, Than for to think that I would sink it here. King. Sir, for my thoughts, you have them ill
Ask huld not my virgin nou to her? dent, my lord;
Till your deeds gain them: Fairer prove your ho
Good my lord,
King. What say'st thou to her?
She's impudent, my lord; And was a common gamester to the camp.
Dia. He does me wrong, my lord; if I were so,
Count. He blushes, and 'tis it:
Methought, you said, You saw one here in court could witness it.
Dia. I did, my lord, but loath am to produce So bad an instrument; his name's Parolles.
Laf. I saw the man to-day, if man he be. : King. Find him, and bring him hither. Ber.
What of him? He's quoted for a most perfidious slave, With all the spots o’the world tax'd and debosh'd; Whose nature sickens, but to speak a truth:7
*— and rich validity,] Validity means oalue.
Methought, you said, ] The poet has here forgot himself, Diana has said no such thing. BLACKSTONE. . He's quoted -] i. e. noted, or observed.
? Whose nature sickens, but to speak a truth:] i. e. only to speak a truth.