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Till your deeds gain them: Fairer prove your ho
nour, Than in my thought it lies! Dia.
. Good my lord,
King. What say'st thou to her?
She's impudent, my lord; And was a common gamester to the camp.
Dia. He does me wrong, my lord; if I were so, He might have bought me at a common price: Do not believe him: 0, behold this ring, Whose high respect, and rich validity, Did lack a parallel; yet, for all that, He gave it to a commoner o’ the camp, If I be one.
Count. He blushes, and 'tis it:
Conferr'd by testament to the sequent issue,
That ring's a thousand proofs.
Methought, you said," You saw one here in court could witness it.
Dia. I did, my lord, but loath am to produce
Laf. I saw the man to-day, if man he be.
What of him?
and rich validity,] Validity means value. 5 Methought, you said,] The poet has here forgot himself. Diana has said no such thing. BLACKSTONE.
* He's quoted -] i. e. noted, or observed.
Am I or that, or this, for what he'll utter,
She hath that ring of yours.
I inust be patient;
I have it not.
Sir, much like
King. The story then goes false, you threw it him Out of a casement.'
Dia. I have spoke the truth.
- 8 - all impediments in funcy's course, &c.] Every thing that obstructs love is an occasion by which lore is heightened. And, to conclude, her solicitation concurring with her fashionable appearance, she got the ring. I am not certain that I have attained the true meaning of the word modern, which, perhaps, signifies rather meanly pretty. Johnson.
9 May justly diet me.] May justly make me fast, by depriving me (as Desdemona says) of the rites for which I love you.
Enter PAROLLES. Ber. My lord, I do confess, the ring was hers. King. You boggle shrewdly, every feather starts
you. Is this the man you speak of? Dia.
Ay, my lord. King. Tell me, sirrah, but, tell me true, I charge
you, Not fearing the displeasure of your master, (Which, on your just proceeding, I'll keep off,) By him, and by this woman here, what know you? - Par. So please your majesty, my master hath been an honourable gentleman; tricks he hath had in him, which gentlemen have.
King. Come, come, to the purpose: Did he love this woman?
Par. 'Faith, sir, he did love her; But how?
Par. He did love her, sir, as a gentleman loves a woman.
King. How is that?
King. As thou art a knave, and no knave:
Par. I am a poor man, and at your majesty's command.
Laf. He's a good drum, my lord, but a naughty orator.
Dia. Do you know, he promised me marriage?
Par. Yes, so please your majesty; I did go between them, as I said; but more than that, he loved her,-for, indeed, he was mad for her, and
companion -] 1. e. fellow.
talked of Satan, and of limbo, and of furies, and I know not what: yet I was in that credit with them at that time, that I knew of their going to bed; and of other motions, as promising her marriage, and things that would derive me ill will to speak of, therefore I will not speak what I know.
King. Thou hast spoken all already, unless thou canst say they are married : But thou art too fine? in thy evidence; therefore stand aside. This ring, you say, was yours? Dia.
Ay, my good lord. King. Where did you buy it? or who gave it
Dia. It was not given me, nor I did not buy it.
It was not lent me neither.
I found it not.
I never gave it him. Laf. This woman's an easy glove, my lord; she goes off and on at pleasure.
King. This ring was mine, I gave it his first wife.
I'll never tell you.
I'll put in bail, my liege.
? But thou art too fine ] Too fine, too full of finesse, too artful. A French expression-trop fine.
- customer'. -] i. e. a common woman.
Dia. By Jove, if ever I knew man, 'twas you,
[Pointing to LAFEU. King. She does abuse our ears; to prison with
her. Dia. Good mother, fetch my bail.–Stay, royal sir;
[Exit Widow. The jeweller, that owes the ring, is sent for, And he shall surety me. But for this lord, Who hath abus'd me, as he knows himself, Though yet he never harm'd me, here I quit him: He knows himself, my bed he hath defil'd;4 And at that time he got his wife with child: Dead though she be, she feels her young one kick; So there's my riddle, One, that's dead, is quick;. And now behold the meaning.'
Re-enter Widow, with HELENA.
Is there no exorcists Beguiles the truer office of mine eyes? Is't real, that I see? Hel.
No, my good lord; 'Tis but the shadow of a wife you see,
* He knows himself, &c.] The dialogue is too long, since the audience already knew the whole transaction; nor is there any reason for puzzling the King and playing with his passions; but it was much easier than to make a pathetical interview between Helen and her husband, her mother, and the King. JOHNSON.
5- erorcist -] Shakspeare invariably uses the word érorcist, to imply a person who can raise spirits, not in the usual sense of one that can lay them.