Act 4 - Scene 2
Before LEONTES' palace.
Enter AUTOLYCUS and a Gentleman
Beseech you, sir, were you present at this relation?
I was by at the opening of the fardel, heard the old
shepherd deliver the manner how he found it:
after a little amazedness, we were all
commanded out of the chamber; only this methought I
shepherd say, he found the child.
I would most gladly know the issue of it.
I make a broken delivery of the business; but the
changes I perceived in the king and Camillo were
notes of admiration: they seemed almost, with
staring on one another, to tear the cases of their
was speech in their dumbness, language
in their very gesture; they looked as they had heard
of a world
ransomed, or one destroyed: a notable
passion of wonder appeared in them; but the wisest
knew no more but seeing, could not
say if the importance were joy or sorrow; but in the
extremity of the
one, it must needs be.
Enter another Gentleman
Here comes a gentleman that haply knows more.
The news, Rogero?
Nothing but bonfires: the oracle is fulfilled; the
king's daughter is found: such a deal of wonder is
out within this hour that ballad-makers
cannot be able to express it.
Enter a third Gentleman
Here comes the Lady Paulina's steward: he can
deliver you more. How goes it now, sir? this news
is called true is so like an old tale, that
the verity of it is in strong suspicion: has the king
found his heir?
Most true, if ever truth were pregnant by
circumstance: that which you hear you'll swear you
see, there is
such unity in the proofs. The mantle
of Queen Hermione's, her jewel about the neck of it,
the letters of
Antigonus found with it which they
know to be his character, the majesty of the
creature in resemblance of
the mother, the affection
of nobleness which nature shows above her breeding,
and many other evidences
proclaim her with all
certainty to be the king's daughter. Did you see
the meeting of the two kings?
Then have you lost a sight, which was to be seen,
cannot be spoken of. There might you have beheld
joy crown another, so and in such manner that it
seemed sorrow wept to take leave of them, for their
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