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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.
King. Take her away, I do not like her now;
I'll never tell you.
I'll put in bail my liege.
Dia. Because he's guilty, and he is not guilty;
[Pointing to LAFEU. King. She does abuse our ears; to prison with her. Dia. Good mother, fetch my bail.—Stay, royal sir ;
[Erit 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 defild"; And at that time he got his wife with child :
3 — customer.) i. e. a common woman.
- 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.
Dead though she be, she feels her young one kick ;
Re-enter Widow, with HELENA.
Is there no exorcist :
No, my good lord ;
Both, both; 0, pardon !
Ber. If she, my liege, can make me know this clearly, I'll love her dearly, ever, ever dearly.
Hel. If it appear not plain, and prove untrue, Deadly divorce step between me and you ! 0, my dear mother, do I see you living ?
Laf. Mine eyes smell onions, I shall weep anon :Good Tom Drum, [to PAROLLES] 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 thy honest aid, Thou kept'st a wife herself, thyself a maid.
5 — exorcist - ] Shakspeare invariably uses the word exorcist, to imply a person who can raise spirits, not in the usual sense of one that can lay them.
Of that, and all the progress, more and less,
The king's a beggar, now the play is done : All is well ended, if this suit be won, That you express content ; which we will pay, With strife to please you, day exceeding day: Ours be your patience then, and yours our parts" ; Your gentle hands lend us, and take our hearts. [Exeunt?.
6 Ours be your patience then, and yours our parts ;] The meaning is : Grant us then your patience : hear us without interruption. And take our parts; that is, support and defend us.
7 This play has many delightful scenes, though not sufficiently probable, and some happy characters, though not new, nor produced by any deep knowledge of human nature. Parolles is a boaster and a coward, such as has always been the sport of the stage, but perhaps never raised more laughter or contempt than in the hands of Shakspeare.
I cannot reconcile my heart to Bertram ; a man noble without generosity, and young without truth; who marries Helen as a coward, and leaves her as a profligate : when she is dead by his unkindness, sneaks home to a second marriage, is accused by a woman whom he has wronged, defends himself by falsehood, and is dismissed to happiness.
The story of Bertram and Diana had been told before of Mariana and Angelo, and to confess the truth, scarcely merited to be heard a second time. Johnson.