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The Two Noble Kinsmen: Act III, Scene 2

The Two Noble Kinsmen
Act III, Scene 2

Another part of the forest near Athens.

  1. Enter Jailer’s Daughter alone.


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  1. He has mistook the brake I meant, is gone
  2. After his fancy. ’Tis now well-nigh morning;
  3. No matter, would it were perpetual night,
  4. And darkness lord o’ th’ world! Hark, ’tis a wolf!
  5. In me hath grief slain fear, and but for one thing,
  6. I care for nothing, and that’s Palamon.
  7. I reck not if the wolves would jaw me, so
  8. He had this file. What if I hallow’d for him?
  9. I cannot hallow. If I whoop’d, what then?
  10. If he not answer’d, I should call a wolf,
  11. And do him but that service. I have heard
  12. Strange howls this livelong night; why may’t not be
  13. They have made prey of him? He has no weapons,
  14. He cannot run, the jingling of his gyves
  15. Might call fell things to listen, who have in them
  16. A sense to know a man unarm’d, and can
  17. Smell where resistance is. I’ll set it down
  18. He’s torn to pieces. They howl’d many together,
  19. And then they fed on him. So much for that,
  20. Be bold to ring the bell. How stand I then?
  21. All’s char’d when he is gone. No, no, I lie:
  22. My father’s to be hang’d for his escape,
  23. Myself to beg, if I priz’d life so much
  24. As to deny my act, but that I would not,
  25. Should I try death by dozens. I am mop’d:
  26. Food took I none these two days
  27. Sipp’d some water. I have not clos’d mine eyes
  28. Save when my lids scour’d off their brine. Alas,
  29. Dissolve, my life, let not my sense unsettle
  30. Lest I should drown, or stab, or hang myself.
  31. O state of nature, fail together in me,
  32. Since thy best props are warp’d! So which way now?
  33. The best way is, the next way to a grave;
  34. Each errant step beside is torment. Lo
  35. The moon is down, the crickets chirp, the screech owl
  36. Calls in the dawn! All offices are done
  37. Save what I fail in. But the point is this
  38. An end, and that is all.
  1. Exit.
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