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King. Come hither, Count. Do you know these women?
Ber. My lord, I neither can nor will deny
Dia. Why do you look so strange upon your wife!
If you shall marry,
Laf. Your reputation [T. BERTRAM.] comes too short for my daughter: you are no husband for her.
Ber. My lord, this is a fond and desperate creature, Whom sometimes I have laughed with : let your highness Lay a more noble thought upon mine honor, Than for to think that I would sink it here.
King. Sir, for my thoughts, you have them ill to friend,
Good my lord,
King. What say'st thou to her?
She's impudent. my lord; And was a common gamester to the camp.
Dia. He does me wrong, my lord; if I were so,
Count. He blushes, and ’tis it:
Methought you said
Dia. I did, my lord, but loath am to produce
Laf. I saw the man to-day, if man he be.
What of him?
Hle's quoted for a most perfidious slave,
She hath that ring of yours.
I must be patient;
I have it not.
Sir, much liko The same upon your finger.
King. Know you this ring? This ring was his of late. Dia. And this was it I gave him, being abed.
King. The story then goes false, you threw it him Out of a casement. Dia.
I have spoke the truth.
King. You boggle shrewdly; every feather starts you.
Ay, my lord.
Par. So please your majesty, my master hath been an honorable gentleman; tricks he hath had in him, which gen slemen have. King. Come, come, to the purpose. Did he love this woman?
Par. 'Faith, sir, he did love her; but how?
King. As thou art a knave, and no knave. — What an equivocal companion is this !
Par. I am a poor man, and at your majesty's command Laf. He's a good drum, my lord, but a naughty orator. Dia. Do you know he promised me marriage ?
. Par. 'Faith, I know more than I'll speak. King. But wilt thou not speak all thou know’st ?
Par. Yes, so please your majesty. I did go betweer them, as I said; but more than that, he loved her, — for, indeed, he was mad for her, and talked of Satan, and of limbo, and of furies, and I know not what: yet I was in that credit with them at that time, that I knew of their going to bed, and of other motions, as promising her marriage, and things that would derive me ill will to speak of; therefore I will not speak what I know.
King. Thou hast spoken all already, unless thou canst say they are married. But thou art too fine in thy evidence: therefore stand aside.This ring, you say, was yours? Dia.
Ay, my good lord.
It was not lent me neither.
I found it not. King. If it were yours by none of all these ways, How could you give it him? Dia.
I never gave it him. Laf. This woman's an easy glove, my lord; she goes off and on at pleasure.
King. This ring was mine; I gave it his first wife.
King. Take her away; I do not like her now;
I'll never tell you.
I'll put in bail, my liege.
Dia. By Jove, if ever I knew man, 'twas you.
Dia. Because he's guilty, and he is not guilty:
[Pointing to LAFEU, King. She does abuse our ears; to prison with her. Dia. Good mother, fetch my bail. — Stay, royal sir;
[Exit Widow. The jeweller that owes the ring is sent for, And he shall surety me. But for this lord, Who hath abused me, as he knows himself, Though yet he never harmed me, here I quit him. He knows himself my bed he hath defiled; And at that time he got his wife with child: Dead though she be, she feels her young one kick; So there's my riddle, One that's dead is quick. And now behold the meaning.
Re-enter Widow, with HELENA. King.
Is there no exorcist
No, my good lord;
Both, both. O, pardon !
Ber. If she, my liege, can make me know this clearly, I'll love her dearly; ever, ever dearly.
Hel. If it appear not plain, and prove untrue,
Laf. Mine eyes smell onions; I shall weep anon. Good Tom Drum, [T. PAROLLES.] lend me a handkerchief. So, I thank thee; wait on me home. I'll make sport with chée. Let thy courtesies alone; they are scurvy ones.
This it says,
King. Let us from point to point this story know