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Two Noble Kinsmen: Act 2, Scene 5

Two Noble Kinsmen
Act 2, Scene 5

Athens. An open place.

  1. This short flourish of cornets, and shouts within. Enter
  2. Theseus, Hippolyta, Pirithous, Emilia, Arcite disguised,
  3. with a garland, etc.

Theseus

4 - 7
  1. You have done worthily. I have not seen,
  2. Since Hercules, a man of tougher sinews.
  3. What e’er you are, you run the best, and wrestle,
  4. That these times can allow.

Arcite

8
  1.                             I am proud to please you.

Theseus

9
  1. What country bred you?

Arcite

10
  1.                        This; but far off, prince.

Theseus

11
  1. Are you a gentleman?

Arcite

12 - 13
  1.                      My father said so;
  2. And to those gentle uses gave me life.

Theseus

14
  1. Are you his heir?

Arcite

15
  1.                   His youngest, sir.

Theseus

16 - 17
  1.                    Your father
  2. Sure is a happy sire then. What proves you?

Arcite

18 - 23
  1. A little of all noble qualities:
  2. I could have kept a hawk, and well have hollow’d
  3. To a deep cry of dogs; I dare not praise
  4. My feat in horsemanship, yet they that knew me
  5. Would say it was my best piece; last, and greatest,
  6. I would be thought a soldier.

Theseus

24
  1.                               You are perfect.

Pirithous

25
  1. Upon my soul, a proper man!

Emilia

26
  1.                             He is so.

Pirithous

27
  1. How do you like him, lady?

Hippolyta

28 - 30
  1.                            I admire him;
  2. I have not seen so young a man so noble
  3. (If he say true) of his sort.

Emilia

31 - 33
  1.                               Believe
  2. His mother was a wondrous handsome woman,
  3. His face, methinks, goes that way.

Hippolyta

34 - 35
  1.                                    But his body
  2. And fiery mind illustrate a brave father.

Pirithous

36 - 37
  1. Mark how his virtue, like a hidden sun,
  2. Breaks through his baser garments.

Hippolyta

38
  1.                                    He’s well got sure.

Theseus

39
  1. What made you seek this place, sir?

Arcite

40 - 44
  1.                                     Noble Theseus,
  2. To purchase name, and do my ablest service
  3. To such a well-found wonder as thy worth,
  4. For only in thy court, of all the world,
  5. Dwells fair-ey’d honor.

Pirithous

45
  1.                         All his words are worthy.

Theseus

46 - 48
  1. Sir, we are much indebted to your travel,
  2. Nor shall you lose your wish. Pirithous,
  3. Dispose of this fair gentleman.

Pirithous

49 - 54
  1.                                 Thanks, Theseus.—
  2. What e’er you are, y’ are mine, and I shall give you
  3. To a most noble serviceto this lady,
  4. This bright young virgin. Pray observe her goodness.
  5. You have honor’d her fair birthday with your virtues,
  6. And as your due y’ are hers. Kiss her fair hand, sir.

Arcite

55 - 60
  1. Sir, y’ are a noble giver. Dearest beauty,
  2. Thus let me seal my vow’d faith.
  3. Kisses Emilia’s hand.
  4. When your servant
  5. (Your most unworthy creature) but offends you,
  6. Command him die, he shall.

Emilia

61 - 63
  1.                            That were too cruel.
  2. If you deserve well, sir, I shall soon see’t.
  3. Y’ are mine, and somewhat better than your rank I’ll use you.

Pirithous

64 - 66
  1. I’ll see you furnish’d, and because you say
  2. You are a horseman, I must needs entreat you
  3. This afternoon to ride, but ’tis a rough one.

Arcite

67 - 68
  1. I like him better, prince, I shall not then
  2. Freeze in my saddle.

Theseus

69 - 74
  1.                      Sweet, you must be ready,
  2. And you, Emilia, and you, friend, and all,
  3. Tomorrow, by the sun, to do observance
  4. To flow’ry May, in Dian’s wood. Wait well, sir,
  5. Upon your mistress. Emily, I hope
  6. He shall not go afoot.

Emilia

75 - 79
  1.                        That were a shame, sir,
  2. While I have horses.—Take your choice, and what
  3. You want at any time, let me but know it.
  4. If you serve faithfully, I dare assure you
  5. You’ll find a loving mistress.

Arcite

80 - 82
  1.                                If I do not,
  2. Let me find that my father ever hated,
  3. Disgrace and blows.

Theseus

83 - 88
  1.                     Go lead the way; you have won it.
  2. It shall be so; you shall receive all dues
  3. Fit for the honor you have won; ’twere wrong else.
  4. Sister, beshrew my heart, you have a servant
  5. That if I were a woman, would be master,
  6. But you are wise.

Emilia

89
  1.                   I hope too wise for that, sir.
  1. Flourish. Exeunt omnes.
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