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LAF. Pray you, sir, who's his tailor ?
LAF. O, I know him well : Ay, sir; he, sir, is a good workman, a very good tailor. Ber. Is she gone to the king ?
[Aside to PAROLLES.
LAF. A good traveller is something at the latter end of a dinner ; but one that lies three-thirds”, and uses a known truth to pass a thousand nothings with, should be once heard, and thrice beaten.God save you, captain.
Ber. Is there any unkindness between my lord and you, monsieur ?
Par. I know not how I have deserved to run into my lord's displeasure.
LAF. You have made shift to run into't, boots and spurs and all, like him that leaped into the custard ® ; and out of it you'll run again, rather than suffer question for your residence.
7 A good traveller is something at the latter end of a dinner ; but one that lies three thirds, &c.] So, in Marlowe's King Edward II. 1598 :
" Gav. What art thou ?
“ Gav. Let me see; thou would'st well
MALONE. 8 You have made shift to run into't, boots and SPURS and all, like him that LEAPED into the CUSTARD ;] This odd allusion is not introduced without a view to satire. It was a foolery practised at city entertainments, whilst the jester or zany was in vogue,
BER. It may be, you have mistaken him, my lord.
LAF. And shall do so ever, though I took him at his prayers. Fare you well, my lord; and believe this of me, There can be no kernel in this light nut; the soul of this man is his clothes : trust him not in matter of heavy consequence; I have kept of them tame, and know their natures.-Farewell, monsieur : I have spoken better of you, than you have or will to deserve o at my hand; but we must do good against evil.
[Exit. Par. An idle lord, I swear. Ber. I think so. PAR. Why, do you not know him ? Ber. Yes, I do know him well; and common
speech Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog.
Enter HelENA. Hel. I have, sir, as I was commanded from you, Spoke with the king, and have procur'd his leave
for him to jump into a large deep custard, set for the purpose, “to set on a quantity of barren spectators to laugh,” as our poet says in his Hamlet. I do not advance this without some authority; and a quotation from Ben Jonson will very well explain it :
“ He may perchance, in tail of a sheriff's dinner,
Skip with a rhime o' the table, from New-nothing,
Devil's An Ass, Act I. Sc. I. THEOBALD. – than you have or will deserve -] The oldest copy erroneously reads—“have or will to deserve." STEEVENS.
Something seems to have been omitted ; but I know not how to rectify the passage. Perhaps we should read—“than you have qualities or will to deserve.”' The editor of the second folio reads " than you have or will deserve-.” Malone. Than you have [deserved] or are willing to deserve in future.”
For present parting ; only, he desires
I shall obey his will.
you, That presently you take your way for home; And rather muse, than ask, why I entreat you': For my respects are better than they seem ; And my appointments have in them a need, Greater than shows itself, at the first view, To you that know them not. This to my mother:
[Giving a letter. 'Twill be two days ere I shall see you ; so I leave you to your wisdom. HEL.
Sir, I can nothing say, But that I am your most obedient servant.
BER. Come, come, no more of that.
And ever shall
Let that go :
Hel. Pray, sir, your pardon.
Well, what would you say ? Hel. I am not worthy of the wealth I owe ? ; Nor dare I say, 'tis mine; and yet it is ;
1 And rather muse, &c.] To muse is to wonder. So, in Mac. beth :
“ Do not muse at me, my most worthy friends." STEEVENS.
the wealth I owe;] i. e. I own, possess. STEEVENS.
But, like a timorous thief, most fain would steal
What would you have ? HEL. Something; and scarce so much:-nothing,
indeed. I would not tell you what I would : my lord—'faith,
yes ; Strangers, and foes, do sunder, and not kiss. BER. I pray you, stay not, but in haste to horse. Hel. I shall not break your bidding, good my
lord. BER. Where are my other men, monsieur ? Farewell ?.
[Exit HELENA. Go thou toward home; where I will never come, Whilst I can shake my sword, or hear the drum : Away, and for our flight. PAR.
ACT III. SCENE I.
Florence. A Room in the Duke's Palace.
Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, attended;
two French Lords, and others. DUKE. So that, from point to point, now have
3 Where are my other men, MONSIEUR ?-FAREWELL.] In former copies :
Hel. Where are my other men ? Monsieur, farewell.” What other men is Helen here enquiring after ? Or who is she supposed to ask for them ? The old Countess, 'tis certain, did not send her to the court without some attendants ; but neither the Clown, nor any of her retinue, are now upon the stage: Bertram, observing Helen to linger fondly, and wanting to shift her off, puts on a show of haste, asks Parolles for his servants, and then gives his wife an abrupt dismission.
The fundamental reasons of this war;
Holy seems the quarrel
Good my lord,
Be it his pleasure. 2 LORD. But I am sure, the younger of our
nature, That surfeit on their ease, will, day by day, Come here for physick.
I cannot yield,] I cannot inform you of the reasons.
Johnson. Thus, in Antony and Cleopatra :
“ If you say so, villain, thou kill'st thy mistress :
WARBURTON. So, inward is familiar, admitted to secrets. “ I was an inward of his." Measure for Measure. Johnson. 6 By self-unable motion:) We should read notion.
WARBURTON. This emendation has also been recommended by Mr. Upton.
younger of our NATURE,] i. e. as we say at present, our young fellows. The modern editors read-nation. I have restored the old reading. Steevens.