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lach. More particulars
Poft. So they must,
lach. The chimney
Pot. (20) This is a thing
lach. The roof oth' chamber
Poft. What's this t'her honour? (21)
(20) This is a thig
Which you might from relation likewise read,
Being, as it is, much spoke of] To read from relation; i. e. from men's reports viva voce, is a figure, I am sure, never used by Shakespeare; whatever, riading in any one's eyes, might have been : but this again is the manufacture of our modern editors. The old editions read, as I have reformed the text. (21)
This is her honour : Let it be granted you have seen all this, &c.] Jachimo impudently pretends to have carried his point ; and, in confirmation, is very minute in describing to the busband all the furniture and adornments of his wife's bedchamber. But how is fine furniture anywise a princess's honour ? It is an apparatus suitable to her dignity, buť certainly makes no part of her character. It might have been called her father's honour, that her allotments were proportioned to her rank and quality. I am persuaded the Poet intended Postbumus should lay; " This particular ” description which you make, cannot convince me that
Let it be granted you have seen all this,
wager you have laid. lach. Then, if you can [Pulling out the Bracelet. Be pale, I beg but leave to air this jewel; fee !---And now ’tis up again; it must be married To that your diamond. I'll keep them.
Tach. Sir, I thank her, that:
Pol. May be the plucked it off
lach. She writes so to you? doth she?
Poft. O, no, no, no; 'tis true. Here, take this too; It is a basilisk unto mine eye, Kills me to look on't; let there be no honour, Where there is beauty; truth, where semblance;
love, Where there's another man. The vows of women Of no more bondage be, to where they're made, Than they are to their virtues, which is nothing; O, above measure false !----
“ I have lost my wager : your meniory is good; and some " of these things you may have learned from a third hand,
or seen yourself; yet I expect proof; more direct and au" thentic.'' I think there is little question but we ought to restor: the place thus :
-What's this t'her honour ?? I proposed this emendation in the Appendix to my Shakespeare Restored, and Mr Pope has thought fit to embrace it in his last edition.
Phil. Have patience, Sir,
Poft. Very true,
lach. By Jupiter, I had it from her arm.
Phil. Sir, be patient;
Post. Never talk on't.
lach. If you feek
Pof. Ay, and it doth confirm
lach. Will you hear more?
Poft. Spare your arithmetic.
Iach. I'll be sworn--
will swear you have not done't, you lie.. And I will kill thee if thou dost deny Thou'st made me cuckold.
Jach. I'll deny nothing.
Poft. O, that I had her here, to tearherlimb-meal! I will go there, and do't i'th' court before Her father-I'll do fomething
[Exit. Phil. Quite befides The government of patience! you have won; Let's follow him, and pervert the present wrath He hath against himself. lach. With all my heart.
[Exeunt. Re-enter POSTHUMUS. Poft. Is there no way for men to be, but women Must be half-workers? we are bastards all; And that most venerable man, which I Did call my father, was I know not where When I was stamped. Some coiner with his tools Made me a counterfeit; yet my mother seemed The Dian of that time; fo doth my
wife The nonpareil of this-Oh vengeance, vengeance! Me of my lawful pleasure the restrained, And prayed me oft forbearance; did it with A pudency fo rosy, the sweet view on't Might well have warmed old Saturn-that I
thought her As chaste as unfunned snow. Oh, all the Devils ! This yellow Iachimo in an hour--was’t not? Or leis: at firit ? perchance, he spoke not, but Like a full-acorned boar, a German one, (22)
(22) Like a full-acorned boar, a churning ox,] This is Mr Pope's reading, without any authority. A
Cried oh! and mounted; found no opposition
even to vice
Enter in State, CYMBELINE, Queen, CLOTEN, and
Lords at one Door; and at another CAIUS,
Jerinen one, in the first editions ; (says he) finre altered to a German one- And why not, pray? Is not Westphalia a part of Germany ? And where are boars more delicately fed, or more likely to be rank and hot after the female, than German ones?