The Winter's Tale

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 4

page Act 4 Scene 4 Page 14

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DORCAS

Me too, let me go thither.

DORCAS

Me, too, let me go with you.

MOPSA

Or thou goest to the orange or mill.

MOPSA

Or perhaps you are going to the farmhouse or the mill.

DORCAS

If to either, thou dost ill.

DORCAS

If you are going either place, you are doing wrong.

AUTOLYCUS

Neither.

AUTOLYCUS

I’m not going to either one.

DORCAS

330What, neither?

DORCAS

What, neither one?

AUTOLYCUS

Neither.

AUTOLYCUS

Neither one.

DORCAS

Thou hast sworn my love to be.

DORCAS

You’ve sworn to be my love.

MOPSA

Thou hast sworn it more to me:
Then whither goest? say, whither?

MOPSA

You’ve sworn it more to me. Then where are you going? Tell me, where?

CLOWN

335We’ll have this song out anon by ourselves: my
father and the gentlemen are in sad talk, and we’ll
not trouble them. Come, bring away thy pack after
me. Wenches, I’ll buy for you both. Pedlar, let’s
have the first choice. Follow me, girls.

YOKEL

We’ll finish this song soon by ourselves. My father and the gentlemen are having a serious talk, and we should leave them alone. Come, bring your pack and follow me. Girls, I’ll buy things for you both. Peddler, give me first choice. Follow me, girls.
Exit with DORCAS and MOPSA
YOKEL, DORCAS, and MOPSA exit.

AUTOLYCUS

340And you shall pay well for ’em.

AUTOLYCUS

And you will pay a great deal for them!
Follows singing
He follows them, singing.
Will you buy any tape,
Or lace for your cape,
My dainty duck, my dear-a?
Any silk, any thread,
345Any toys for your head,
Of the new’st and finest, finest wear-a?
Come to the pedlar;
Money’s a medler.
That doth utter all men’s ware-a.
Will you buy any ribbon,
Or lace for your cape,
My dainty little dear,
Any silk, any thread
Any ornaments for your head,
The newest and finest to wear?
Come to the peddler
Money is a meddler
When it offers all a man’s items for sale.