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The Winter's Tale

William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

page Act 5 Scene 1 Page 10

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FLORIZEL

Camillo has betray’d me;
Whose honour and whose honesty till now
Endured all weathers.

FLORIZEL

Camillo has betrayed me, though his honor and honesty had been steadfast until now.

LORD

235Lay’t so to his charge:
He’s with the king your father.

LORD

You may charge him with that yourself. He’s with the king, your father.

LEONTES

Who? Camillo?

LEONTES

Who? Camillo?

LORD

Camillo, sir; I spake with him; who now
Has these poor men in question. Never saw I
240Wretches so quake: they kneel, they kiss the earth;
Forswear themselves as often as they speak:
Bohemia stops his ears, and threatens them
With divers deaths in death.

LORD

Camillo, sir. I spoke with him, and he now has the poor men in question. I’ve never seen anyone tremble as they do. They kneel, and kiss the earth, and take back what they’ve said every time they speak. Polixenes refuses to listen and threatens them with various tortures.

PERDITA

O my poor father!
245The heaven sets spies upon us, will not have
Our contract celebrated.

PERDITA

Oh, my poor father! The heavens set spies on us and refuse to let us celebrate our vows.

LEONTES

You are married?

LEONTES

You are married?

FLORIZEL

We are not, sir, nor are we like to be;
The stars, I see, will kiss the valleys first:
250The odds for high and low’s alike.

FLORIZEL

We aren’t, sir, and it seems impossible that we will be. I see that the stars will fall to the earth first. Chance works equally for the high- and the lowborn.

LEONTES

My lord,
Is this the daughter of a king?

LEONTES

My lord, is this the daughter of a king?

FLORIZEL

She is,
When once she is my wife.

FLORIZEL

She will be, once she is my wife.