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Antechamber in LEONTES ’ palace.
A waiting room in Leontes’s palace.
Enter CAMILLO and ARCHIDAMUS
CAMILLO and ARCHIDAMUS enter.

ARCHIDAMUS

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

ARCHIDAMUS

Camillo, if you ever happen to accompany your King to Bohemia, as I am accompanying mine to Sicilia, you’ll see there’s a great difference between our countries—and our masters.

CAMILLO

5 I think, this coming summer, the King of Sicilia
means to pay Bohemia the visitation which he justly owes him.

CAMILLO

I think the King of Sicilia plans to visit the King of Bohemia this coming summer.

ARCHIDAMUS

Wherein our entertainment shall shame us we will be
justified in our loves; for indeed—

ARCHIDAMUS

If our hospitality is inadequate, we’ll make up for it with our love for you; in fact—

CAMILLO

Beseech you,—

CAMILLO

Please—

ARCHIDAMUS

10 Verily, I speak it in the freedom of my knowledge:
we cannot with such magnificence—in so rare—I know
not what to say. We will give you sleepy drinks,
that your senses, unintelligent of our insufficience,
may, though they cannot praise us, as little accuse
15 us.

ARCHIDAMUS

Truly, I say it from experience. We can’t match the magnificence, the excellence—I don’t even know how to describe it. We’ll give you drinks to dull your senses, so that you won’t be aware of our inadequacies, and even if you will be too sleepy to praise us, you won’t be able to accuse us of negligence, either.

CAMILLO

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

CAMILLO

You are putting too great a value on something that is given for free.

ARCHIDAMUS

Believe me, I speak as my understanding instructs me
and as mine honesty puts it to utterance.

ARCHIDAMUS

Believe me, I say what my knowledge tells me, and I say it honestly.

CAMILLO

Sicilia cannot show himself over-kind to Bohemia.
20 They were trained together in their childhoods; and
there rooted betwixt them then such an affection,
which cannot choose but branch now. Since their
more mature dignities and royal necessities made
separation of their society, their encounters,
25 though not personal, have been royally attorneyed
with interchange of gifts, letters, loving
embassies; that they have seemed to be together,
though absent, shook hands, as over a vast, and
embraced, as it were, from the ends of opposed
30 winds. The heavens continue their loves!

CAMILLO

The King of Sicily could never be anything but kind to the King of Bohemia. They were brought up together as children, and so they have a deep-rooted affection for one another that can only grow. Because of their adult responsibilities and their duties as kings, they have not been able to meet personally. Instead their meetings have taken place via royal deputies and through the exchange of presents, letters, and fond words. Through these means they’ve stayed in touch despite the great distance between them. May the heavens keep their friendship strong!

ARCHIDAMUS

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

ARCHIDAMUS

I don’t think there is anything in the world that can shake their friendship. And you have an indescribable comfort in the young prince Mamillius. He has the greatest potential of any young gentleman I’ve ever seen.

CAMILLO

I very well agree with you in the hopes of him: it
is a gallant child; one that indeed physics the
subject, makes old hearts fresh: they that went on
crutches ere he was born desire yet their life to
40 see him a man.

CAMILLO

I agree with you regarding his potential. He is a noble child, and he is like a medicine for his subjects. The old feel young, and those who were crippled even before he was born now hope to live long enough to see him grow into a man.

ARCHIDAMUS

Would they else be content to die?

ARCHIDAMUS

Would they otherwise want to die?

CAMILLO

Yes; if there were no other excuse why they should
desire to live.

CAMILLO

Yes, if they didn’t have any other reason for them to want to live.

ARCHIDAMUS

If the king had no son, they would desire to live
45 on crutches till he had one.

ARCHIDAMUS

If the king didn’t have a son, they would want to live as cripples until he had one.
Exeunt
They exit.