The Winter's Tale

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 4

page Act 4 Scene 4 Page 29

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CAMILLO, FLORIZEL, and PERDITA come forward
CAMILLO, FLORIZEL, and PERDITA approach.

CAMILLO

Nay, but my letters, by this means being there
So soon as you arrive, shall clear that doubt.

CAMILLO

No, but my letters will be there as soon as you arrive, and they’ll clear up that question.

FLORIZEL

705And those that you’ll procure from King Leontes—

FLORIZEL

And the letter that you’ll get from King Leontes—

CAMILLO

Shall satisfy your father.

CAMILLO

Will set your father at ease.

PERDITA

Happy be you!
All that you speak shows fair.

PERDITA

May you be happy! All your plans are good.

CAMILLO

Who have we here?

CAMILLO

Who is this?
Seeing AUTOLYCUS
Seeing Autolycus.
710We’ll make an instrument of this, omit
Nothing may give us aid.
We’ll use this man, since we should use anything that will help.

AUTOLYCUS

If they have overheard me now, why, hanging.

AUTOLYCUS

If they’ve overheard me, I’ll be hanged.

CAMILLO

How now, good fellow! why shakest thou so? Fear
not, man; here’s no harm intended to thee.

CAMILLO

How are you, good fellow? Why are you shaking? Don’t worry, man, we don’t intend you any harm.

AUTOLYCUS

715I am a poor fellow, sir.

AUTOLYCUS

I am a poor man, sir.

CAMILLO

Why, be so still; here’s nobody will steal that from
thee: yet for the outside of thy poverty we must
make an exchange; therefore discase thee instantly,
—thou must think there’s a necessity in’t,—and
720change garments with this gentleman: though the
pennyworth on his side be the worst, yet hold thee,
there’s some boot.

CAMILLO

Why, be still. No one here will steal from you. But we need your poor-looking clothes. Undress right now—it’s urgent—and swap clothes with this gentleman. The bargain is bad for him, but wait, (giving him money) there’s something more in it for you.

AUTOLYCUS

I am a poor fellow, sir.
[Aside]
725I know ye well enough.

AUTOLYCUS

I am a poor man, sir.
(aside)
I know you well enough.