Two Noble Kinsmen
Act 2, Scene 1
Athens. A garden, with a prison in the background.
- Enter Jailer and Wooer.
Jailer2 - 9
- I may depart with little, while I live; something I may cast
- to you, not much. Alas, the prison I keep, though it be for
- great ones, yet they seldom come: before one salmon, you
- shall take a number of minnows. I am given out to be better
- lin’d than it can appear to me report is a true speaker. I
- would I were really that I am deliver’d to be. Marry, what I
- have (be it what it will) I will assure upon my daughter at
- the day of my death.
Wooer10 - 11
- Sir, I demand no more than your own offer, and I will estate
- your daughter in what I have promis’d.
Jailer12 - 14
- Well, we will talk more of this when the solemnity is past.
- But have you a full promise of her? When that shall be seen,
- I tender my consent.
- Enter Daughter with strewings.
- I have, sir. Here she comes.
Jailer17 - 21
- Your friend and I have chanc’d to name you here, upon the
- old business. But no more of that now; so soon as the court
- hurry is over, we will have an end of it. I’ th’ mean time,
- look tenderly to the two prisoners. I can tell you they are
Daughter22 - 26
- These strewings are for their chamber. ’Tis pity they are in
- prison, and ’twere pity they should be out. I do think they
- have patience to make any adversity asham’d. The prison
- itself is proud of ’em; and they have all the world in their
- They are fam’d to be a pair of absolute men.
Daughter28 - 29
- By my troth, I think fame but stammers ’em, they stand a
- grise above the reach of report.
- I heard them reported in the battle to be the only doers.
Daughter31 - 34
- Nay, most likely, for they are noble suff’rers. I marvel how
- they would have look’d had they been victors, that with such
- a constant nobility enforce a freedom out of bondage, making
- misery their mirth, and affliction a toy to jest at.
- Do they so?
Daughter36 - 43
- It seems to me they have no more sense of their captivity
- than I of ruling Athens. They eat well, look merrily,
- discourse of many things, but nothing of their own restraint
- and disasters. Yet sometime a divided sigh, martyr’d as
- ’twere i’ th’ deliverance, will break from one of them; when
- the other presently gives it so sweet a rebuke that I could
- wish myself a sigh to be so chid, or at least a sigher to be
- I never saw ’em.
Jailer45 - 48
- The Duke himself came privately in the night, and so did
- they. What the reason of it is, I know not.
- Enter Palamon and Arcite above.
- Look yonder they are! That’s Arcite looks out.
Daughter49 - 50
- No, sir, no, that’s Palamon. Arcite is the lower of the
- twain; you may perceive a part of him.
Jailer51 - 52
- Go to, leave your pointing. They would not make us their
- object. Out of their sight.
Daughter53 - 54
- It is a holiday to look on them. Lord, the diff’rence of
- Exeunt Jailer, Wooer, and Daughter.