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Cymbeline: Act I, Scene 2

Cymbeline
Act I, Scene 2

Britain. A public place.

  1. Enter Cloten and two Lords.

First Lord

1 - 4
  1. Sir, I would advise you to shift a shirt; the violence of
  2. action hath made you reek as a sacrifice. Where air comes
  3. out, air comes in; there’s none abroad so wholesome as that
  4. you vent.

Cloten

5
  1. If my shirt were bloody, then to shift it. Have I hurt him?

Second Lord

6
  1. Aside.
  2. No, faith; not so much as his patience.

First Lord

7 - 8
  1. Hurt him? His body’s a passable carcass, if he be not hurt;
  2. it is a throughfare for steel, if it be not hurt.

Second Lord

9
  1. Aside.
  2. His steel was in debt, it went o’ th’ backside the town.

Cloten

10
  1. The villain would not stand me.

Second Lord

11
  1. Aside.
  2. No, but he fled forward still, toward your face.

First Lord

12 - 13
  1. Stand you? You have land enough of your own, but he added to
  2. your having, gave you some ground.

Second Lord

14
  1. Aside.
  2. As many inches as you have oceans. Puppies!

Cloten

15
  1. I would they had not come between us.

Second Lord

16 - 17
  1. Aside.
  2. So would I, till you had measur’d how long a fool you were
  3. upon the ground.

Cloten

18
  1. And that she should love this fellow, and refuse me!

Second Lord

19
  1. Aside.
  2. If it be a sin to make a true election, she is damn’d.

First Lord

20 - 22
  1. Sir, as I told you always; her beauty and her brain go not
  2. together. She’s a good sign, but I have seen small
  3. reflection of her wit.

Second Lord

23 - 24
  1. Aside.
  2. She shines not upon fools, lest the reflection should hurt
  3. her.

Cloten

25 - 26
  1. Come, I’ll to my chamber. Would there had been some hurt
  2. done!

Second Lord

27 - 28
  1. Aside.
  2. I wish not so, unless it had been the fall of an ass, which
  3. is no great hurt.

Cloten

29
  1. You’ll go with us?

First Lord

30
  1. I’ll attend your lordship.

Cloten

31
  1. Nay, come, let’s go together.

Second Lord

32
  1. Well, my lord.
  1. Exeunt.
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