The Winter's Tale

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 5 Scene 3
No Fear Act 5 Scene 3 Page 5

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PAULINA

Good my lord, forbear:
The ruddiness upon her lip is wet;
You’ll mar it if you kiss it, stain your own
100With oily painting. Shall I draw the curtain?

PAULINA

Don’t do it, my lord. The red of her lips is wet. You’ll ruin it if you kiss it, and you’ll get your own lips covered in oil paint. Shall I draw the curtain?

LEONTES

No, not these twenty years.

LEONTES

No, not for twenty years.

PERDITA

So long could I
Stand by, a looker on.

PERDITA

I could stand here that long, looking at her.

PAULINA

Either forbear,
105Quit presently the chapel, or resolve you
For more amazement. If you can behold it,
I’ll make the statue move indeed, descend
And take you by the hand; but then you’ll think—
Which I protest against—I am assisted
110By wicked powers.

PAULINA

Either resist the temptation and leave the chapel, or prepare yourselves for more amazement. If you can take it, I’ll make the statue move, step down from her pedestal, and take you by the hand. But then you’ll think I’m a witch, though I swear I am not.

LEONTES

What you can make her do,
I am content to look on: what to speak,
I am content to hear; for ’tis as easy
To make her speak as move.

LEONTES

Whatever you can make her do, I’m happy to watch. Whatever you can make her say, I’m happy to hear, because it must be as easy to make her speak as it is to make her move.

PAULINA

115It is required
You do awake your faith. Then all stand still;
On: those that think it is unlawful business
I am about, let them depart.

PAULINA

It’s necessary that you have faith. So everyone hold still, and anyone who thinks this is bad business should leave now.

LEONTES

Proceed:
120No foot shall stir.

LEONTES

Go ahead. No one will move.