Act 3 - Scene 5
Florence. Without the walls. A tucket afar off.
Enter an old Widow of Florence, DIANA, VIOLENTA, and MARIANA, with other Citizens
Nay, come; for if they do approach the city, we
shall lose all the sight.
They say the French count has done most honourable service.
It is reported that he has taken their greatest
commander; and that with his own hand he slew the
We have lost our labour; they are gone a contrary
way: hark! you may know by their trumpets.
Come, let's return again, and suffice ourselves with
the report of it. Well, Diana, take heed of this
earl: the honour of a maid is her name; and
no legacy is so rich as honesty.
I have told my neighbour how you have been solicited
by a gentleman his companion.
I know that knave; hang him! one Parolles: a
filthy officer he is in those suggestions for the
Beware of them, Diana; their promises,
enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these engines of
lust, are not
the things they go under: many a maid
hath been seduced by them; and the misery is,
example, that so
terrible shows in the wreck of
maidenhood, cannot for all that dissuade succession,
but that they are limed
with the twigs that threaten
them. I hope I need not to advise you further; but
I hope your own grace will
keep you where you are,
though there were no further danger known but the
modesty which is so lost.
You shall not need to fear me.
I hope so.
Enter HELENA, disguised like a Pilgrim
Look, here comes a pilgrim: I know she will lie at
my house; thither they send one another: I'll
God save you, pilgrim! whither are you bound?
To Saint Jaques le Grand.
Where do the palmers lodge, I do beseech you?
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