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Am I or that, or this, for what he'll utter,
She hath that ring of yours.
I inust be patient;
I have it not.
Sir, much like
late. · Dia. And this was it I gave him, being a-bed.
King. The story then goes false, you threw it him Out of a casement.
Dia. I have spoke the truth.
8 - all impediments in funcy's course, &c.] Every thing that obstructs love is an occasion by which love is heightened. And, to conclude, her solicitation concurring with her fashionable appearance, she got the ring. I am not certain that I have attained the true meaning of the word modern, which, perhaps, signifies rather meanly pretty. Johnson.
9 May justly diet me.] May justly make me fast, by depriving me (as Desdemona says) of the rites for which I love you.
Ay, my lord.
you, Not fearing the displeasure of your master, (Which, on your just proceeding, I'll keep off,) By him, and by this woman here, what know you?
Par. So please your majesty, my master hath been an honourable gentleman; tricks he hath had in him, which gentlemen have.
King. Come, come, to the purpose: Did he love this woman?
Par. 'Faith, sir, he did love her; But how?
Par. He did love her, sir, as a gentleman loves a woman.
King. How is that?
King. As thou art a knave, and no knave:-
Par. I am a poor man, and at your majesty's command.
Laf. He's a good drum, my lord, but a naughty orator.
Dia. Do you know, he promised me marriage?
Par. Yes, so please your majesty; I did go between them, as I said; but more than that, he loved her,-for, indeed, he was mad for her, and
talked of Satan, and of limbo, and of furies, and I know not what: yet I was in that credit with them at that time, that I knew of their going to bed; and of other motions, as promising her marriage, and things that would derive me ill will to speak of, therefore I will not speak what I know.
King. Thou hast spoken all already, unless thou canst say they are married : But thou art too fine? in thy evidence; therefore stand aside.This ring, you say, was yours? Dia.
Ay, my good lord. King. Where did you buy it? or who gave it
you? Dia. It was not given me, nor I did not buy it. · King. Who lent it you?
It was not lent me neither. King. Where did you find it then? Dia.
I found it not. King. If it were yours by none of all these ways, How could you give it him? : Dia.
I never gave it him. Laf. This woman's an easy glove, my lord; she goes off and on at pleasure.
King. This ring was mine, I gave it his first wife. Dia. It might be yours, or hers, for aught I
I'll never tell you.
I'll put in bail, my liege. King. I think thee now some common customer.3
8- But thou art too fine -] Too fine, too full of finesse, too artful. A French expression-trop fine.
customer.] i. e. a common woman.
Dia. By Jove, if ever I knew man, 'twas you... King. Wherefore hast thou accus'd him all this
while? Dia. Because he's guilty, and he is not guilty; : He knows, I am no maid, and he'll swear to't: I'll swear, I am a maid, and he knows not. Great king, I am no strumpet, by my life; I am either maid, or else this old man's wife.
[Pointing to LAPEU. King. She does abuse our ears; to prison with
her. Dia. Good mother, fetch my bail.—Stay, royal sir;
[Exit Widow. The jeweller, that owes the ring, is sent for, And he shall surety me. But for this lord, Who hath abus'd me, as he knows himself, Though yet he never harm'd me, here I quit him:: He knows himself, my bed he hath defil'd;* And at that time he got his wife with child: : ; Dead though she be, she feels her young one kick; So there's my riddle, One, that's dead, is quick; ; And now behold the meaning.
Re-enter Widow, with Helena. King.
Is there no exorcists, Beguiles the truer office of mine eyes ? Is't real, that I see? Hel.
No, my good lord ; 'Tis but the shadow of a wife you see,
+ He knows himself, &c.] The dialogue is too long, since the audience already knew the whole transaction; nor is there any reason for puzzling the King and playing with his passions; but it was much easier than to make a pathetical interview between Helen and her husband, her mother, and the King. JOHNSON.
- exorcist -] Shakspeare invariably uses the word erorcist, to imply a person who can raise spirits, not in the usual sense of one that can lay them.
The name, and not the thing.
Both, both; 0, pardon!
Hel. If it appear not plain, and prove untrue,
Laf. Mine eyes smell onions, I shall weep anon:Good Tom Drum, [To PABOLLES.] lend me a handkerchief: So, I thank thee; wait on me home, I'll make sport with thee: Let thy courtesies alone, they are scurvy ones.
King. Let us from point to point this story know, To make the even truth in pleasure flow:If thou be'st yet a fresh uncropped flower,
To DIANA. Choose thou thy husband, and I'll pay thy dower; For I can guess, that, by the honest aid, Thou kept'st a wife herself, thyself a maid.Of that, and all the progress, more and less, Resolvedly more leisure shall express: All yet seems well; and, if it end so meet, The bitter past, more welcome is the sweet.