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Cymbeline

Cymbeline Translation Act 1, Scene 2

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Enter CLOTEN and two Lords

FIRST LORD

Sir, I would advise you to shift a shirt; the violence of action hath made you reek as a sacrifice: where air comes out, air comes in: there's none abroad so wholesome as that you vent.

FIRST LORD

Sir, I recommend that you change your shirt. Your violent exercise made you stink like burned meat offered to the gods. Any place air goes out, air also goes in. There's no air anywhere as healthy as the air you give off.

CLOTEN

If my shirt were bloody, then to shift it. Have I hurt him?

CLOTEN

I would change my shirt if it had blood on it. Have I hurt him?

SECOND LORD

[Aside] No, 'faith; not so much as his patience.

SECOND LORD

[To himself] No, not even his feelings.

FIRST LORD

Hurt him! his body's a passable carcass, if he benot hurt: it is a thoroughfare for steel, if it be not hurt.

FIRST LORD

Hurt him! If he's not hurt, he's a dead body. It's like he's a highway for swords, he's been stabbed so many times.

SECOND LORD

[Aside] His steel was in debt; it went o' thebackside the town.

SECOND LORD

[To himself] Cloten's sword owed someone money and sneaked around the back part of town instead of passing through it.

CLOTEN

The villain would not stand me.

CLOTEN

That criminal wouldn't stand and fight me.

SECOND LORD

[Aside] No; but he fled forward still, toward your face.

SECOND LORD

[To himself] No, he kept running away by going forward, towards your face.

FIRST LORD

Stand you! You have land enough of your own: buthe added to your having; gave you some ground.

FIRST LORD

What, stand and fight you? You have plenty of your own land, but he added to what you have: he gave you some ground.

SECOND LORD

[Aside] As many inches as you have oceans. Puppies!

SECOND LORD

[To himself] He gave you as many inches as you have oceans. What a silly young person!

CLOTEN

I would they had not come between us.

CLOTEN

I wish they hadn't separated us.

SECOND LORD

[Aside] So would I, till you had measured how longa fool you were upon the ground.

SECOND LORD

[To himself] So do I, until you fell and measured how long an idiot you were against the ground.

CLOTEN

And that she should love this fellow and refuse me!

CLOTEN

How could she love this man and refuse to marry me?

SECOND LORD

[Aside] If it be a sin to make a true election, sheis damned.

SECOND LORD

[To himself] If it's a sin to make a good choice then she's damned.

FIRST LORD

Sir, as I told you always, her beauty and her brain go not together: she's a good sign, but I have seen small reflection of her wit.

FIRST LORD

Sir, as I've always told you, her beauty and her brain don't match. She looks good, but I've never seen her looks reflected in her thinking.

SECOND LORD

[Aside] She shines not upon fools, lest thereflection should hurt her.

SECOND LORD

[To himself] She doesn't shine on idiots, because their reflection would hurt her.

CLOTEN

Come, I'll to my chamber. Would there had been somehurt done!

CLOTEN

Well, I'll go to my room. I wish someone had gotten hurt!

SECOND LORD

[Aside] I wish not so; unless it had been the fallof an ass, which is no great hurt.

SECOND LORD

[To himself] I don't, unless a donkey was knocked down, which wouldn't be so bad.

CLOTEN

You'll go with us?

CLOTEN

You'll go with me?

FIRST LORD

I'll attend your lordship.

FIRST LORD

I'll visit you later, my lord.

CLOTEN

Nay, come, let's go together.

CLOTEN

No, come on, let's all go together.

SECOND LORD

Well, my lord.

SECOND LORD

All right, my lord.

Exeunt

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