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Ber. May I be bold to acquaint his grace, you are gone about it?
Par. I know not what the success will be, my lord but the attempt I vow.
Ber. I know, thou art valiant; and, to the possibility of thy soldiership, will subscribe for thee. Farewell. Par. I love not many words.
[Exit. 1 Lord. No more than a fish loves water®.-Is not this a strange fellow, my lord ? that so confidently seems to undertake this business, which he knows is not to be done ; damns himself to do, and dares better be damned than to do't.
2 Lord. You do not know him, my lord, as we do: certain it is, that he will steal himself into a man's favour, and, for a week, escape a great deal of discoveries ; but when you find him out, you have him ever after.
Ber. Why, do you think, he will make no deed at all of this, that so seriously he does address himself unto ?
1 Lord. None in the world ; but return with an invention, and clap upon you two or three probable lies: but we have almost emboss'd him’, you shall see his fall to-night; for, indeed, he is not for your lordship’s respect.
2 Lord. We'll make you some sport with the fox, ere we case him. He was first smoked by the old lord Lafeu: when his disguise and he is parted, tell me
6 Par. I love not many words.
i Lord. No more than a fish loves water.] Here we have the origin of this boaster's name; which, without doubt, (as Mr. Steevens bas observed,) ought, in strict propriety, to be writtenParoles. But our author certainly intended it otherwise, having made it a trisyllable :
“ Rust sword, cool blushes, and Parolles live.” He probably did not know the true pronunciation. Malone.
we have almost emboss'd him,) To emboss a deer is to inclose him in a wood.
ere we case him.] That is, before we strip bim naked.
what a sprat you shall find him ; which you shall see this very night.
i Lord. I must go look my twigs; he shall be caught. Ber. Your brother, he shall go along with me. I Lord. Aş't please your lordship: I'll leave you.
[Erit. Ber. Now will I lead you to the house, and show you The lass I spoke of. 2 Lord.
But, you say, she's honest. Ber. That's all the fault: I spoke with her but once, And found her wondrous cold ; but I sent to her, By this same coxcomb that we have i'the wind', Tokens and letter which she did re-send ; And this is all I have done : She's a fair creature ; Will you go see her ? 2 Lord. With all my heart, my lord.
Florence. A Room in the Widow's House.
Enter HELENA and Widow.
Wid. Though my estate be fallen, I was well born,
Nor would I wish you.
we have i the wind,] To have one in the wind, is enumerated as a proverbial saying by Ray.
1 But I shall lose the grounds I work upon.] i. e. by discovering herself to the count.
By the good aid that I of you shall borrow,
I should believe you ;
Take this purse of gold,
Now I see
Hel. You see it lawful then : It is no more,
I have yielded :
2 Now his important -] Important, here, is importunate
the county wears,] i. c. the count.
To her unworthiness: It nothing steads us,
Why then, to-night
SCENE I.—- Without the Florentine Camp.
Enter first Lord, with five or six Soldiers in ambush.
1 Lord. He can come no other way but by this hedge's corner: When you sally upon him, speak what terrible language you will; though you understand it not yourselves, no matter; for we must not seem to understand him; unless some one among us, whom we must produce for an interpreter.
1 Sold. Good captain, let me be the interpreter.
1 Lord. Art not acquainted with him ? knows he not thy voice? 1 Sold. No, sir, I warrant you.
1 Lord. But what linsy-woolsy hast thou to speak to us again?
1 Sold. Even such as you speak to me.
1 Lord. He must think us some band of strangers i’the adversary's entertainment". Now he hath a smack of all neighbouring languages; therefore we must every one be a man of his own fancy, not to know what we speak to one another; so we seem to know, is to know
some band of strangers i'the adversary's entertainment.] That is, foreign troops in the enemy's pay.
straight our purpose': chough's language, gabble enough, and good enough. As for you, interpreter, you must seem very politick. But couch, ho! here he comes ; to beguile two hours in a sleep, and then to return and swear the lies he forges.
Par. Ten o'clock ; within these three hours 't will be time enough to go home. What shall I say I have done? It must be a very plausive invention that carries it: They begin to smoke me: and disgraces have of late knocked too often at my door. I find, my tongue is too fool-hardy ; but my heart hath the fear of Mars before it, and of his creatures, not daring the reports of my tongue.
1 Lord. This is the first truth that e'er thine own tongue was guilty of.
(Aside. Par. What the devil should move me to undertake the recovery of this drum ; being not ignorant of the impossibility, and knowing I had no such purpose? I must give myself some hurts, and say, I got them in exploit: Yet slight ones will not carry it: They will say, Came you off with so little ? and great ones I dare not give. Wherefore ? what's the instance ? Tongue, I must put you into a butter-woman's mouth, and buy another of Bajazet's mule', if you prattle me into these perils.
1 Lord. Is it possible, he should know what he is, and be that he is ?
so we seem to know, is to know, &c.] We must each fancy a jargon for himself, without aiming to be understood by one another, for provided we appear to understand, that will be sufficient for the success of our project. Henley.
the instance ?] The proof.
- of Bajazet's mule,] Parolles probably means, he must buy a tongue which has still to learn the use of speech, that he may run himself into no more difficulties by his loquacity. Mr. Malone reads mule.