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The Two Noble Kinsmen: Act II, Scene 4

The Two Noble Kinsmen
Act II, Scene 4

Athens. A room in the prison.

  1. Enter Jailer’s Daughter alone.


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  1. Why should I love this gentleman? ’Tis odds
  2. He never will affect me. I am base,
  3. My father the mean keeper of his prison,
  4. And he a prince. To marry him is hopeless;
  5. To be his whore is witless. Out upon’t!
  6. What pushes are we wenches driven to
  7. When fifteen once has found us! First, I saw him:
  8. I, seeing, thought he was a goodly man;
  9. He has as much to please a woman in him
  10. (If he please to bestow it so) as ever
  11. These eyes yet look’d on. Next, I pitied him;
  12. And so would any young wench o’ my conscience
  13. That ever dream’d, or vow’d her maidenhead
  14. To a young handsome man. Then, I lov’d him,
  15. Extremely lov’d him, infinitely lov’d him;
  16. And yet he had a cousin, fair as he too;
  17. But in my heart was Palamon, and there,
  18. Lord, what a coil he keeps! To hear him
  19. Sing in an evening, what a heaven it is!
  20. And yet his songs are sad ones. Fairer spoken
  21. Was never gentleman. When I come in
  22. To bring him water in a morning, first
  23. He bows his noble body, then salutes me thus:
  24. Fair gentle maid, good morrow. May thy goodness
  25. Get thee a happy husband!” Once he kiss’d me
  26. I lov’d my lips the better ten days after.
  27. Would he would do so ev’ry day! He grieves much,
  28. And me as much to see his misery.
  29. What should I do to make him know I love him,
  30. For I would fain enjoy him? Say I ventur’d
  31. To set him free? What says the law then?
  32. Thus much for law or kindred! I will do it,
  33. And this night, or tomorrow, he shall love me.
  1. Exit.
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