The Winter's Tale

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 4

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CLOWN

If I were not in love with Mopsa, thou shouldst take
no money of me; but being enthralled as I am, it
260will also be the bondage of certain ribbons and gloves.

YOKEL

If I weren’t in love with Mopsa, I wouldn’t give you a dime. But being infatuated as I am, I’ll have to get a few ribbons and gloves.

MOPSA

I was promised them against the feast; but they come
not too late now.

MOPSA

You promised them to me in time for the feast, but I guess it’s not too late.

DORCAS

He hath promised you more than that, or there be liars.

DORCAS

He’s promised more than that, or he is a liar.

MOPSA

He hath paid you all he promised you; may be, he has
265paid you more, which will shame you to give him again.

MOPSA

He has given you all he promised, and maybe a baby on top of it. It will shame you to pay him back with that baby in nine months.

CLOWN

Is there no manners left among maids? will they
wear their plackets where they should bear their
faces? Is there not milking-time, when you are
going to bed, or kiln-hole, to whistle off these
270secrets, but you must be tittle-tattling before all
our guests? ’tis well they are whispering: clamour
your tongues, and not a word more.

YOKEL

Don’t you maids have any manners? Will you reveal your most intimate affairs in public? Isn’t there a time to tell these secrets while you are milking, or going to bed, or at the fireplace, rather than tattling in front of our guests? Good thing they are whispering among themselves. Bite your tongues, and don’t say another word.

MOPSA

I have done. Come, you promised me a tawdry-lace
and a pair of sweet gloves.

MOPSA

I won’t. Come on, you promised me a cheap neckerchief and a pair of gloves.

CLOWN

275Have I not told thee how I was cozened by the way
and lost all my money?

YOKEL

Didn’t I tell you I was tricked along my way and lost all my money?

AUTOLYCUS

And indeed, sir, there are cozeners abroad;
therefore it behoves men to be wary.

AUTOLYCUS

It’s true, sir. There are tricksters out there, so it’s in a man’s best interest to watch out.

CLOWN

Fear not thou, man, thou shalt lose nothing here.

YOKEL

Don’t fear, man, you won’t lose anything here.

AUTOLYCUS

280I hope so, sir; for I have about me many parcels of charge.

AUTOLYCUS

I hope not, sir, since I have so many parcels of value.