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The Two Noble Kinsmen: Act II, Scene 5

The Two Noble Kinsmen
Act II, 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

1 - 4
  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

5
  1.                             I am proud to please you.

Theseus

6
  1. What country bred you?

Arcite

7
  1.                        This; but far off, prince.

Theseus

8
  1. Are you a gentleman?

Arcite

9 - 10
  1.                      My father said so;
  2. And to those gentle uses gave me life.

Theseus

11
  1. Are you his heir?

Arcite

12
  1.                   His youngest, sir.

Theseus

13 - 14
  1.                    Your father
  2. Sure is a happy sire then. What proves you?

Arcite

15 - 20
  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

21
  1.                               You are perfect.

Pirithous

22
  1. Upon my soul, a proper man!

Emilia

23
  1.                             He is so.

Pirithous

24
  1. How do you like him, lady?

Hippolyta

25 - 27
  1.                            I admire him;
  2. I have not seen so young a man so noble
  3. (If he say true) of his sort.

Emilia

28 - 30
  1.                               Believe
  2. His mother was a wondrous handsome woman,
  3. His face, methinks, goes that way.

Hippolyta

31 - 32
  1.                                    But his body
  2. And fiery mind illustrate a brave father.

Pirithous

33 - 34
  1. Mark how his virtue, like a hidden sun,
  2. Breaks through his baser garments.

Hippolyta

35
  1.                                    He’s well got sure.

Theseus

36
  1. What made you seek this place, sir?

Arcite

37 - 41
  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

42
  1.                         All his words are worthy.

Theseus

43 - 45
  1. Sir, we are much indebted to your travel,
  2. Nor shall you lose your wish. Pirithous,
  3. Dispose of this fair gentleman.

Pirithous

46 - 51
  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

52 - 56
  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

57 - 59
  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

60 - 62
  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

63 - 64
  1. I like him better, prince, I shall not then
  2. Freeze in my saddle.

Theseus

65 - 70
  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

71 - 75
  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

76 - 78
  1.                                If I do not,
  2. Let me find that my father ever hated,
  3. Disgrace and blows.

Theseus

79 - 84
  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

85
  1.                   I hope too wise for that, sir.
  1. Flourish. Exeunt omnes.
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