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The Two Noble Kinsmen: Act III, Scene 3

The Two Noble Kinsmen
Act III, Scene 3

Another part of the forest near Athens.

  1. Enter Arcite with meat, wine, and files.

Arcite

1
  1. I should be near the place. Ho, cousin Palamon!
  1. Enter Palamon.

Palamon

2
  1. Arcite?

Arcite

3 - 4
  1.         The same. I have brought you food and files.
  2. Come forth and fear not, here’s no Theseus.

Palamon

5
  1. Nor none so honest, Arcite.

Arcite

6 - 9
  1.                             That’s no matter,
  2. We’ll argue that hereafter. Come, take courage,
  3. You shall not die thus beastly. Here, sir, drink
  4. I know you are faintthen I’ll talk further with you.

Palamon

10
  1. Arcite, thou mightst now poison me.

Arcite

11 - 15
  1.                                     I might;
  2. But I must fear you first. Sit down, and good now
  3. No more of these vain parleys; let us not,
  4. Having our ancient reputation with us,
  5. Make talk for fools and cowards. To your health, etc.
  1. Drinks.

Palamon

16
  1. Do.

Arcite

17 - 20
  1.     Pray sit down then, and let me entreat you
  2. By all the honesty and honor in you,
  3. No mention of this woman. ’Twill disturb us,
  4. We shall have time enough.

Palamon

21
  1.                            Well, sir, I’ll pledge you.
  1. Drinks.

Arcite

22 - 23
  1. Drink a good hearty draught, it breeds good blood, man.
  2. Do not you feel it thaw you?

Palamon

24 - 25
  1.                              Stay, I’ll tell you
  2. After a draught or two more.

Arcite

26 - 27
  1.                              Spare it not,
  2. The Duke has more, coz. Eat now.

Palamon

28
  1.                                  Yes.
  1. Eats.

Arcite

29 - 30
  1.      I am glad
  2. You have so good a stomach.

Palamon

31 - 32
  1.                             I am gladder
  2. I have so good meat to’t.

Arcite

33 - 34
  1.                           Is’t not mad lodging
  2. Here in the wild woods, cousin?

Palamon

35 - 36
  1.                                 Yes, for them
  2. That have wild consciences.

Arcite

37 - 38
  1.                             How tastes your victuals?
  2. Your hunger needs no sauce, I see.

Palamon

39 - 41
  1.                                    Not much.
  2. But if it did, yours is too tart, sweet cousin.
  3. What is this?

Arcite

42
  1.               Venison.

Palamon

43 - 46
  1.          ’Tis a lusty meat.
  2. Give me more wine. Here, Arcite, to the wenches
  3. We have known in our days! The Lord Steward’s daughter
  4. Do you remember her?

Arcite

47
  1.                      After you, coz.

Palamon

48
  1. She lov’d a black-hair’d man.

Arcite

49
  1.                               She did so; well, sir?

Palamon

50
  1. And I have heard some call him Arcite, and

Arcite

51
  1. Out with’t, faith!

Palamon

52 - 53
  1.                    She met him in an arbor:
  2. What did she there, coz? Play o’ th’ virginals?

Arcite

54
  1. Something she did, sir.

Palamon

55 - 56
  1.                         Made her groan a month for’t;
  2. Or two, or three, or ten.

Arcite

57 - 59
  1.                           The Marshal’s sister
  2. Had her share too, as I remember, cousin,
  3. Else there be tales abroad. You’ll pledge her?

Palamon

60
  1.                                                Yes.

Arcite

61 - 64
  1. A pretty brown wench ’tis. There was a time
  2. When young men went a-hunting, and a wood,
  3. And a broad beech; and thereby hangs a tale.
  4. Heigh-ho!

Palamon

65 - 68
  1.           For Emily, upon my life! Fool,
  2. Away with this strain’d mirth! I say again,
  3. That sigh was breath’d for Emily. Base cousin,
  4. Dar’st thou break first?

Arcite

69
  1.                          You are wide.

Palamon

70 - 71
  1.               By heaven and earth,
  2. There’s nothing in thee honest.

Arcite

72 - 73
  1.                                 Then I’ll leave you;
  2. You are a beast now.

Palamon

74
  1.                      As thou mak’st me, traitor!

Arcite

75 - 77
  1. There’s all things needful, files and shirts and perfumes.
  2. I’ll come again some two hours hence and bring
  3. That that shall quiet all.

Palamon

78
  1.                            A sword and armor.

Arcite

79 - 80
  1. Fear me not. You are now too foul; farewell.
  2. Get off your trinkets, you shall want nought.

Palamon

81
  1.                                               Sirrah

Arcite

82
  1. I’ll hear no more.
  1. Exit.

Palamon

83
  1.                    If he keep touch, he dies for’t.
  1. Exit.
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