LEONTES, King of Sicilia
MAMILLIUS, his son
CAMILLO, Sicilian Lord
ANTIGONUS, Sicilian Lord
CLEOMENES, Sicilian Lord
DION, Sicilian Lord
POLIXENES, King of Bohemia
FLORIZEL, his son
ARCHIDAMUS, a Bohemian Lord
An Old Shepherd, reputed father of Perdita
CLOWN, his son
AUTOLYCUS, a rogue
Servant to the Old Shepherd
Other Sicilian Lords
Officers of a Court of Judicature
HERMIONE, Queen to Leontes
PERDITA, daughter to Leontes and Hermione
PAULINA, wife to Antigonus
EMILIA, a lady attending on the Queen
Other Ladies, attending on the Queen
Lords, Ladies, and Attendants; Satyrs
for a Dance; Shepherds,
Shepherdesses, Guards, &c.
TIME, as Chorus
Enter CAMILLO and ARCHIDAMUSARCHIDAMUS
If you shall chance, Camillo, to visit Bohemia, onCAMILLO
the like occasion whereon my services are now on
foot, you shall see, as I have said, great
difference betwixt our Bohemia and your Sicilia.
I think, this coming summer, the King of SiciliaARCHIDAMUS
means to pay Bohemia the visitation which he justly owes him.
Wherein our entertainment shall shame us we will beCAMILLO
justified in our loves; for indeed—
Verily, I speak it in the freedom of my knowledge:CAMILLO
we cannot with such magnificence—in so rare—I know
not what to say. We will give you sleepy drinks,
that your senses, unintelligent of our insufficience,
may, though they cannot praise us, as little accuse
You pay a great deal too dear for what′s given freely.ARCHIDAMUS
Believe me, I speak as my understanding instructs meCAMILLO
and as mine honesty puts it to utterance.
Sicilia cannot show himself over-kind to Bohemia.ARCHIDAMUS
They were trained together in their childhoods; and
there rooted betwixt them then such an affection,
which cannot choose but branch now. Since their
more mature dignities and royal necessities made
separation of their society, their encounters,
though not personal, have been royally attorneyed
with interchange of gifts, letters, loving
embassies; that they have seemed to be together,
though absent, shook hands, as over a vast, and
embraced, as it were, from the ends of opposed
winds. The heavens continue their loves!
I think there is not in the world either malice orCAMILLO
matter to alter it. You have an unspeakable
comfort of your young prince Mamillius: it is a
gentleman of the greatest promise that ever came
into my note.
I very well agree with you in the hopes of him: itARCHIDAMUS
is a gallant child; one that indeed physics the
subject, makes old hearts fresh: they that went on
crutches ere he was born desire yet their life to
see him a man.
Would they else be content to die?CAMILLO
Yes; if there were no other excuse why they shouldARCHIDAMUS
desire to live.
If the king had no son, they would desire to live
on crutches till he had one.
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