Two Noble Kinsmen
Act 4, Scene 3
A room in the prison.
- Enter Jailer, Wooer, Doctor.
Doctor2 - 3
- Her distraction is more at some time of the moon than at
- other some, is it not?
Jailer4 - 10
- She is continually in a harmless distemper, sleeps little,
- altogether without appetite, save often drinking, dreaming
- of another world and a better; and what broken piece of
- matter soe’er she’s about, the name Palamon lards it, that
- she farces ev’ry business withal, fits it to every question.
- Enter Daughter.
- Look where she comes, you shall perceive her behavior.
Daughter11 - 15
- I have forgot it quite; the burden on’t was “Down-a,
- down-a,” and penn’d by no worse man than Giraldo, Emilia’s
- schoolmaster. He’s as fantastical, too, as ever he may go
- upon ’s legs, for in the next world will Dido see Palamon,
- and then will she be out of love with Aeneas.
- What stuff’s here? Poor soul!
- Ev’n thus all day long.
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- Now for this charm that I told you of, you must bring a
- piece of silver on the tip of your tongue, or no ferry.
- Then, if it be your chance to come where the blessed
- spirits—as there’s a sight now! We maids that have our
- livers perish’d, crack’d to pieces with love, we shall come
- there, and do nothing all day long but pick flowers with
- Proserpine. Then will I make Palamon a nosegay, then let him
- mark me—then—
- How prettily she’s amiss! Note her a little further.
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- Faith, I’ll tell you; sometime we go to barley-break, we of
- the blessed. Alas, ’tis a sore life they have i’ th’ tother
- place, such burning, frying, boiling, hissing, howling,
- chatt’ring, cursing! O, they have shrewd measure! Take heed:
- if one be mad, or hang or drown themselves, thither they
- go—Jupiter bless us!—and there shall we be put in a cauldron
- of lead and usurers’ grease, amongst a whole million of
- cutpurses, and there boil like a gammon of bacon that will
- never be enough.
- How her brain coins!
- Enter Daughter.
Daughter39 - 45
- Lords and courtiers that have got maids with child, they are
- in this place. They shall stand in fire up to the nav’l, and
- in ice up to th’ heart, and there th’ offending part burns,
- and the deceiving part freezes: in troth a very grievous
- punishment, as one would think, for such a trifle. Believe
- me, one would marry a leprous witch to be rid on’t, I’ll
- assure you.
Doctor46 - 47
- How she continues this fancy! ’Tis not an engraff’d madness,
- but a most thick and profound melancholy.
Daughter48 - 54
- To hear there a proud lady and a proud city-wife howl
- together! I were a beast and I’ld call it good sport. One
- cries, “O, this smoke!” th’ other, “This fire!” One cries,
- “O, that ever I did it behind the arras!” and then howls;
- th’ other curses a suing fellow and her garden-house.
- “I will be true, my stars, my fate,” etc.
- Exit Daughter.
- What think you of her, sir?
Doctor57 - 58
- I think she has a perturb’d mind, which I cannot minister
- Alas, what then?
Doctor60 - 61
- Understand you she ever affected any man ere she beheld
Jailer62 - 63
- I was once, sir, in great hope she had fix’d her liking on
- this gentleman, my friend.
Wooer64 - 66
- I did think so too, and would account I had a great
- penn’worth on’t to give half my state that both she and I at
- this present stood unfeignedly on the same terms.
Doctor67 - 95
- That intemp’rate surfeit of her eye hath distemper’d the
- other senses. They may return and settle again to execute
- their preordain’d faculties, but they are now in a most
- extravagant vagary. This you must do: confine her to a place
- where the light may rather seem to steal in than be
- permitted. Take upon you, young sir her friend, the name of
- Palamon, say you come to eat with her, and to commune of
- love. This will catch her attention, for this her mind beats
- upon; other objects that are inserted ’tween her mind and
- eye become the pranks and friskins of her madness. Sing to
- her such green songs of love as she says Palamon hath sung
- in prison. Come to her, stuck in as sweet flowers as the
- season is mistress of, and thereto make an addition of some
- other compounded odors which are grateful to the sense. All
- this shall become Palamon, for Palamon can sing, and Palamon
- is sweet, and ev’ry good thing. Desire to eat with her,
- carve her, drink to her, and still among intermingle your
- petition of grace and acceptance into her favor. Learn what
- maids have been her companions and play-feres, and let them
- repair to her with Palamon in their mouths, and appear with
- tokens, as if they suggested for him. It is a falsehood she
- is in, which is with falsehoods to be combated. This may
- bring her to eat, to sleep, and reduce what’s now out of
- square in her into their former law and regiment. I have
- seen it approv’d, how many times I know not, but to make the
- number more I have great hope in this. I will, between the
- passages of this project, come in with my appliance. Let us
- put it in execution; and hasten the success, which doubt not
- will bring forth comfort.