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The Winter’s Tale: Act 1, Scene 1

The Winter’s Tale
Act 1, Scene 1

Scene 1

Sicilia. An antechamber in Leontes’ palace.

  1. Enter Camillo and Archidamus.

Archidamus

2 - 5
  1. If you shall chance, Camillo, to visit Bohemia on the like
  2. occasion whereon my services are now on foot, you shall see
  3. (as I have said) great difference betwixt our Bohemia and
  4. your Sicilia.

Camillo

6 - 7
  1. I think, this coming summer, the King of Sicilia means to
  2. pay Bohemia the visitation which he justly owes him.

Archidamus

8 - 9
  1. Wherein our entertainment shall shame us: we will be
  2. justified in our loves; for indeed

Camillo

10
  1. Beseech you

Archidamus

11 - 15
  1. Verily, I speak it in the freedom of my knowledge: we cannot
  2. with such magnificencein so rareI know not what to sayWe
  3. will give you sleepy drinks, that your senses (unintelligent
  4. of our insufficience) may, though they cannot praise us, as
  5. little accuse us.

Camillo

16
  1. You pay a great deal too dear for what’s given freely.

Archidamus

17 - 18
  1. Believe me, I speak as my understanding instructs me, and as
  2. mine honesty puts it to utterance.

Camillo

19 - 29
  1. Sicilia cannot show himself overkind to Bohemia. They were
  2. train’d together in their childhoods; and there rooted
  3. betwixt them then such an affection, which cannot choose but
  4. branch now. Since their more mature dignities and royal
  5. necessities made separation of their society, their
  6. encounters (though not personal) hath been royally
  7. attorney’d with interchange of gifts, letters, loving
  8. embassies, that they have seem’d to be together, though
  9. absent; shook hands, as over a vast; and embrac’d as it were
  10. from the ends of oppos’d winds. The heavens continue their
  11. loves!

Archidamus

30 - 33
  1. I think there is not in the world either malice or matter to
  2. alter it. You have an unspeakable comfort of your young
  3. prince Mamillius: it is a gentleman of the greatest promise
  4. that ever came into my note.

Camillo

34 - 37
  1. I very well agree with you in the hopes of him; it is a
  2. gallant child; one that, indeed, physics the subject, makes
  3. old hearts fresh. They that went on crutches ere he was born
  4. desire yet their life to see him a man.

Archidamus

38
  1. Would they else be content to die?

Camillo

39 - 40
  1. Yes; if there were no other excuse why they should desire to
  2. live.

Archidamus

41 - 42
  1. If the King had no son, they would desire to live on
  2. crutches till he had one.
  1. Exeunt.
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