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Two introductory scenes have been found necessary to explain the story—Belarius stealing the children ; and the second marriage of CYMBELINE. The former to show the connexion between GUIDERius and ARVIRAGUS, and CYMBELINE; the latter to give the relative situations of the principal characters at the commencement of the play.
Shakspeare has rendered a few deviations from strict costume absolutely necessary; but care has been taken that such deviations are as slight as possible, and in such a course as alone was practicable, viz. importations from Rome.
BELARIUS and EURIPHILE stealing GUIDERIUS
and ARVIRAGUS, sons of CYMBELINE.
“ BEL. At three and two years old I stole these babes.
Act III. S. 3.
Their nurse, Euriphile, Whom for the theft I wedded, stole these children Upon my banishment."
Act V. S. 5.
IMOGEN is left sleeping on the couch.
The marriage of CYMBELINE with the mother of
. . . . . . . . . . “A widow That late he married.”
Act I. S. 1.
POSTHUMUS is ingratiating himself with IMOGEN,
and CLOTEN receiving the first impression.