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Two Noble Kinsmen: Act 5, Scene 2

Two Noble Kinsmen
Act 5, Scene 2

A darkened room in the prison.

  1. Enter Doctor, Jailer, and Wooer in habit of Palamon.

Doctor

2
  1. Has this advice I told you done any good upon her?

Wooer

3 - 7
  1. O, very much; the maids that kept her company
  2. Have half persuaded her that I am Palamon.
  3. Within this half hour she came smiling to me,
  4. And ask’d me what I would eat, and when I would kiss her.
  5. I told her, presently, and kiss’d her twice.

Doctor

8 - 9
  1. ’Twas well done. Twenty times had been far better,
  2. For there the cure lies mainly.

Wooer

10 - 12
  1.                                 Then she told me
  2. She would watch with me tonight, for well she knew
  3. What hour my fit would take me.

Doctor

13 - 14
  1.                                 Let her do so,
  2. And when your fit comes, fit her home, and presently.

Wooer

15
  1. She would have me sing.

Doctor

16
  1. You did so?

Wooer

17
  1.             No.

Doctor

18 - 19
  1.     ’Twas very ill done then.
  2. You should observe her ev’ry way.

Wooer

20 - 21
  1.                                   Alas,
  2. I have no voice, sir, to confirm her that way.

Doctor

22 - 24
  1. That’s all one, if ye make a noise.
  2. If she entreat again, do any thing,
  3. Lie with her, if she ask you.

Jailer

25
  1.                               Ho there, doctor!

Doctor

26
  1. Yes, in the way of cure.

Jailer

27 - 28
  1.                          But first, by your leave,
  2. I’ th’ way of honesty.

Doctor

29 - 32
  1.                        That’s but a niceness.
  2. Nev’r cast your child away for honesty.
  3. Cure her first this way; then if she will be honest,
  4. She has the path before her.

Jailer

33
  1.                              Thank ye, doctor.

Doctor

34 - 35
  1. Pray bring her in
  2. And let’s see how she is.

Jailer

36 - 38
  1.                           I will, and tell her
  2. Her Palamon stays for her; but, doctor,
  3. Methinks you are i’ th’ wrong still.
  1. Exit Jailer.

Doctor

40 - 42
  1.                                      Go, go!
  2. You fathers are fine fools. Her honesty!
  3. And we should give her physic till we find that

Wooer

43
  1. Why, do you think she is not honest, sir?

Doctor

44
  1. How old is she?

Wooer

45
  1.                 She’s eighteen.

Doctor

46 - 50
  1.                 She may be,
  2. But that’s all one, ’tis nothing to our purpose.
  3. What e’er her father says, if you perceive
  4. Her mood inclining that way that I spoke of,
  5. Videlicet, the way of fleshyou have me?

Wooer

51
  1. Yet very well, sir.

Doctor

52 - 54
  1.                     Please her appetite,
  2. And do it home; it cures her ipso facto
  3. The melancholy humor that infects her.

Wooer

55
  1. I am of your mind, doctor.
  1. Enter Jailer, Daughter, Maid.

Doctor

57
  1. You’ll find it so. She comes. Pray humor her.
  1. Wooer retires.

Jailer

59 - 60
  1. Come, your love Palamon stays for you, child,
  2. And has done this long hour, to visit you.

Daughter

61 - 63
  1. I thank him for his gentle patience,
  2. He’s a kind gentleman, and I am much bound to him.
  3. Did you nev’r see the horse he gave me?

Jailer

64
  1.                                         Yes.

Daughter

65
  1. How do you like him?

Jailer

66
  1.                      He’s a very fair one.

Daughter

67
  1. You never saw him dance?

Jailer

68
  1.                          No.

Daughter

69 - 72
  1.     I have often.
  2. He dances very finely, very comely,
  3. And for a jig, come cut and long tail to him,
  4. He turns ye like a top.

Jailer

73
  1.                         That’s fine indeed.

Daughter

74 - 78
  1. He’ll dance the morris twenty mile an hour,
  2. And that will founder the best hobby-horse
  3. (If I have any skill) in all the parish,
  4. And gallops to the tune of Light a’ love.”
  5. What think you of this horse?

Jailer

79 - 80
  1.                               Having these virtues,
  2. I think he might be brought to play at tennis.

Daughter

81
  1. Alas, that’s nothing.

Jailer

82
  1.                       Can he write and read too?

Daughter

83 - 86
  1. A very fair hand, and casts himself th’ accounts
  2. Of all his hay and provender. That hostler
  3. Must rise betime that cozens him. You know
  4. The chestnut mare the Duke has?

Jailer

87
  1.                                 Very well.

Daughter

88 - 89
  1. She is horribly in love with him, poor beast,
  2. But he is like his master, coy and scornful.

Jailer

90
  1. What dowry has she?

Daughter

91 - 94
  1.                     Some two hundred bottles,
  2. And twenty strike of oats, but he’ll ne’er have her.
  3. He lisps in ’s neighing able to entice
  4. A miller’s mare, he’ll be the death of her.

Doctor

95
  1. What stuff she utters!

Jailer

96
  1. Make curtsy, here your love comes.
  1. Wooer comes forward.

Wooer

98 - 99
  1.                                    Pretty soul,
  2. How do ye? That’s a fine maid! There’s a curtsy!

Daughter

100 - 101
  1. Yours to command i’ th’ way of honesty.
  2. How far is’t now to th’ end o’ th’ world, my masters?

Doctor

102
  1. Why, a day’s journey, wench.

Daughter

103
  1.                              Will you go with me?

Wooer

104
  1. What shall we do there, wench?

Daughter

105 - 106
  1.                                Why, play at stoolball:
  2. What is there else to do?

Wooer

107 - 108
  1.                           I am content,
  2. If we shall keep our wedding there.

Daughter

109 - 115
  1.                                     ’Tis true,
  2. For there, I will assure you, we shall find
  3. Some blind priest for the purpose that will venture
  4. To marry us, for here they are nice and foolish.
  5. Besides, my father must be hang’d tomorrow,
  6. And that would be a blot i’ th’ business.
  7. Are not you Palamon?

Wooer

116
  1.                      Do not you know me?

Daughter

117 - 118
  1. Yes, but you care not for me. I have nothing
  2. But this poor petticoat and two coarse smocks.

Wooer

119
  1. That’s all one, I will have you.

Daughter

120
  1.                                  Will you surely?

Wooer

121
  1. Yes, by this fair hand, will I.

Daughter

122
  1.                                 We’ll to bed then.

Wooer

123
  1. Ev’n when you will.
  1. Kisses her.

Daughter

125
  1.                     O, sir, you would fain be nibbling.

Wooer

126
  1. Why do you rub my kiss off?

Daughter

127 - 129
  1.                             ’Tis a sweet one,
  2. And will perfume me finely against the wedding.
  3. Is not this your cousin Arcite?

Doctor

130 - 132
  1.                                 Yes, sweet heart,
  2. And I am glad my cousin Palamon
  3. Has made so fair a choice.

Daughter

133
  1.                            Do you think he’ll have me?

Doctor

134
  1. Yes, without doubt.

Daughter

135
  1.                     Do you think so too?

Jailer

136
  1.                      Yes.

Daughter

137 - 141
  1. We shall have many children.—Lord, how y’ are grown!
  2. My Palamon I hope will grow too, finely,
  3. Now he’s at liberty. Alas, poor chicken,
  4. He was kept down with hard meat and ill lodging,
  5. But I’ll kiss him up again.
  1. Enter First Messenger.

First Messenger

143 - 144
  1. What do you here? You’ll lose the noblest sight
  2. That ev’r was seen.

Jailer

145
  1.                     Are they i’ th’ field?

First Messenger

146 - 147
  1.                        They are.
  2. You bear a charge there too.

Jailer

148 - 149
  1.                              I’ll away straight.
  2. I must ev’n leave you here.

Doctor

150 - 151
  1.                             Nay, we’ll go with you,
  2. I will not lose the fight.

Jailer

152
  1.                            How did you like her?

Doctor

153 - 157
  1. I’ll warrant you within these three or four days
  2. I’ll make her right again.
  3. To the Wooer.
  4.                            You must not from her,
  5. But still preserve her in this way.

Wooer

158
  1.                                     I will.

Doctor

159
  1. Let’s get her in.

Wooer

160 - 161
  1.                   Come, sweet, we’ll go to dinner,
  2. And then we’ll play at cards.

Daughter

162
  1.                               And shall we kiss too?

Wooer

163
  1. A hundred times.

Daughter

164
  1.                  And twenty?

Wooer

165
  1.             Ay, and twenty.

Daughter

166
  1. And then we’ll sleep together?

Doctor

167
  1.                                Take her offer.

Wooer

168
  1. Yes, marry, will we.

Daughter

169
  1.                      But you shall not hurt me.

Wooer

170
  1. I will not, sweet.

Daughter

171
  1.                    If you do, love, I’ll cry.
  1. Exeunt.
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