Two Noble Kinsmen
Act 2, Scene 4
Athens. A room in the prison.
- Enter Jailer’s Daughter alone.
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- Why should I love this gentleman? ’Tis odds
- He never will affect me. I am base,
- My father the mean keeper of his prison,
- And he a prince. To marry him is hopeless;
- To be his whore is witless. Out upon’t!
- What pushes are we wenches driven to
- When fifteen once has found us! First, I saw him:
- I, seeing, thought he was a goodly man;
- He has as much to please a woman in him
- (If he please to bestow it so) as ever
- These eyes yet look’d on. Next, I pitied him;
- And so would any young wench o’ my conscience
- That ever dream’d, or vow’d her maidenhead
- To a young handsome man. Then, I lov’d him,
- Extremely lov’d him, infinitely lov’d him;
- And yet he had a cousin, fair as he too;
- But in my heart was Palamon, and there,
- Lord, what a coil he keeps! To hear him
- Sing in an evening, what a heaven it is!
- And yet his songs are sad ones. Fairer spoken
- Was never gentleman. When I come in
- To bring him water in a morning, first
- He bows his noble body, then salutes me thus:
- “Fair gentle maid, good morrow. May thy goodness
- Get thee a happy husband!” Once he kiss’d me—
- I lov’d my lips the better ten days after.
- Would he would do so ev’ry day! He grieves much,
- And me as much to see his misery.
- What should I do to make him know I love him,
- For I would fain enjoy him? Say I ventur’d
- To set him free? What says the law then?
- Thus much for law or kindred! I will do it,
- And this night, or tomorrow, he shall love me.