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If you shall marry,
Laf. Your reputation [To BERTRAM.] comes too short for my daughter, you are no husband for her. Ber. My lord, this is a fond and desperate crea
ture, Whom sometime I have laugh'd with: let your high
Lay a more noble thought upon mine honour,
Good my lord,
King. What say'st thou to her?
She's impudent, my lord;
Dia. He does me wrong, my lord; if I were so,
4 Gamester when applied to a female, then meant a com
Did lack a parallel ; yet, for all that,
it to a commoner o' the camp, If I be one.
Count. He blushes, and 'tis it:
Methought, you said, You saw one here in court could witness it.
Dia. I did, my lord, but loath am to produce
Laf. I saw the man to-day, if man he be.
What of him?
She hath that ring of yours. Ber. I think, she has: certain it is, I lik'd her, And boarded her i'the wanton
6 Noted. 7 Debauch’d.
8 Love. 9 Her solicitation concurring with her appearance of being
And I had that, which any inferior might
I must be patient;
I have it not. King. What ring was yours, I pray you? Dia.
Sir, much like 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 a-bed.
King. The story then goes false, you threw it him Out of a casement. Dia.
I have spoke the truth.
Ber. My lord, I do confess, the ring was hers. King You boggle shrewdly, every feather starts
Ay, my lord.
you, Not fearing the displeasure of your master, (Which, on your just proceeding, I'll keep off,) By him, and by this woman here, what know you?
Par. So please your majesty, my master hath been
· May justly make me fast.
an honourable gentleman; tricks he hath had in him, which gentlemen have.
King. Come, come, to the purpose : Did he love this woman?
Par. 'Faith, sir, he did love her; But how?
Par. He did love her, sir, as a gentleman loves a woman.
King. How is that?
King. As thou art a knave, and no knave :What an equivocal companion 2 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. Yes, so please your majesty; I did go between 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 3 in thy evidence: therefore stand aside.
This ring, you say, was yours?
Ay, my good lord.
It was not lent mę neither.
I found it not.
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.
[Pointing to LAFEV.