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Luc. Ay, madam, you may say what sights you see ; I see things too, although you judge I wink.
Jul. Come, come ; will't please you go? [Exeunt.
SCENE III. - The Same.
A Room in ANTONIO'S House.
Enter ANTONIO and PANTHINO.
Ant. Tell me, Panthino, what sad 1 talk was that Wherewith my brother held
in the cloister?
He wonder'd that your lordship
Ant. Nor need'st thou much importune me to that
hath not a month's mind to a combat ? ” In its origin the phrase probably referred to a woman's longing in the first month of pregnancy.
1 Sad was continually used for grave, serious, or earnest. 2 Impeachment here is reproach or disqualification,
And perfected by the swift course of time.
Pan. I think your lordship is not ignorant
Ant. I know it well.
Pan. 'Twere good, I think, your lordship sent him thither :
Ant. I like thy counsel ; well hast thou advised :
Pan. To-morrow, may it please you, Don Alphonso,
Ant. Good company; with them shall Proteus go :
Pro. Sweet love ! sweet lines ! sweet life !
Ant. How now! what letter are you reading there?
3 To break with any one formerly meant to break or open a matter to him. Shakespeare has it thus repeatedly. —"In good time is the same as our phrase, “In the nick of time."
Pro. May't please your lordship, 'tis a word or two
Ant. Lend me the letter; let me see what news.
Pro. There is no news, my lord ; but that he writes
Ant. And how stand you affected to his wish?
Pro. As one relying on your lordship's will,
Ant. My will is something sorted with his wish.
Pro. My lord, I cannot be so soon provided :
Ant. Look, what thou want'st shall be sent after thee :
Pro. Thus have I shunn'd the fire for fear of burning,
4 Exhibition is allowance of money ; still used so in the English Universities.
O, how this Spring of love resembleth 5
Pro. Why, this it is, — my heart accords thereto,
SCENE I. — Milan.
A Room in the Duke's Palace.
Enter VALENTINE and SPEED.
Speed. [Picking up a glove.] Sir, your glove.
Not mine; my gloves are on. Speed. Why, then this may be yours, for this is but one.1
Val. Ha, let me see : ay, give it me, it's mine :
Speed. [Calling.] Madam Silvia, Madam Silvia !
call her? Speed. Your Worship, sir; or else I mistook. Val. Well, you'll still be too forward.
5 Resembleth is here meant to be a word of four syllables, as if it were spelt resembeleth.
1 On and one were formerly sounded alike, and sometimes written so. That is the ground of the poor quibble here.
Speed. And yet I was last chidden for being too slow.
Speed. Marry, by these special marks: First, you have learn'd, like Sir Proteus, to wreathe your arms, like a malcontent; to relish a love-song, like a robin-redbreast; to walk alone, like one that had the pestilence; to sigh, like a school-boy that had lost his ABC; to weep, like a young wench that had buried her grandam ; to fast, like one that takes diet ;3 to watch, like one that fears robbing; to speak puling, like a beggar at Hallowmas.4 You were wont, when you laugh’d, to crow like a cock; when you walk’d, to walk like one of the lions; when you fasted, it was presently after dinner; when you look'd sadly, it was for want of money : and now you are so metamorphosed with a mistress, that, when I look on you, I can hardly think you my master.
Val. Are all these things perceived in me?
Speed. Without you ! nay, that's certain, for, without 5 you were so simple, none else would : but you are so without these follies, that these follies are within you, and shine
2 Go to is a phrase met with continually in old colloquial English; often meaning hush up, sometimes come on, and sometimes carrying a sense not easy to define; somewhat like the Latin age.
3 To take diet is to be under a regimen for a disease.
4 The feast of All-hallows or All Saints, at which time the poor in some places used to go from parish to parish a-souling, as they called it; that is, begging and puling, (or singing small, as Bailey explains puling,) for soul-cakes, and singing what they called the souler's song. All which means that the beggars were to pray for the souls of the giver's departed friends,
5 Speed is punning with all his speed. Here, without is unless. His first without is meant in the sense of exterior, or on the outside; and Valentine takes it in the sense of absence, or without my presence.