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A room in LEONTES’ palace.
A room in LEONTES’s palace.
Enter HERMIONE, MAMILLIUS, and Ladies
HERMIONE, MAMILLIUS, and Ladies enter.


HERMIONE
Take the boy to you: he so troubles me,
‘Tis past enduring.
HERMIONE
Take the boy. He is such a pest I can’t take it anymore.


FIRST LADY
Come, my gracious lord,
Shall I be your playfellow?
FIRST LADY
Come with me, my gracious lord. Shall I play with you?

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MAMILLIUS
No, I’ll none of you.
MAMILLIUS
No, I don’t want anything to do with you.

FIRST LADY
Why, my sweet lord?
FIRST LADY
Why, my sweet lord?


MAMILLIUS
You’ll kiss me hard and speak to me as if
I were a baby still. I love you better.
MAMILLIUS
You’ll kiss me too hard and talk baby talk to me. (to Second Lady) I love you better.

SECOND LADY
And why so, my lord?
SECOND LADY
Why is that, my lord?

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MAMILLIUS
Not for because
Your brows are blacker; yet black brows, they say,
Become some women best, so that there be not
Too much hair there, but in a semicircle
Or a half-moon made with a pen.
MAMILLIUS
Not because your eyebrows are blacker, though they say that black eyebrows suit some women best, as long as there isn’t too much hair and they are shaped like a semicircle, or drawn like a half-moon.

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SECOND LADY
Who taught you this?
SECOND LADY
Who taught you that?


MAMILLIUS
I learnt it out of women’s faces. Pray now
What colour are your eyebrows?
MAMILLIUS
I learned it from looking at women’s faces. Tell me, what color are your eyebrows?

FIRST LADY
Blue, my lord.
FIRST LADY
Blue, my lord.


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MAMILLIUS
Nay, that’s a mock: I have seen a lady’s nose
That has been blue, but not her eyebrows.
MAMILLIUS
No, you’re joking. I’ve seen a lady’s nose that was blue, but not her eyebrows.





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FIRST LADY
Hark ye;
The queen your mother rounds apace: we shall
Present our services to a fine new prince
One of these days; and then you’ld wanton with us,
If we would have you.
FIRST LADY
Listen: your mother the queen is getting rounder by the day. We’ll be serving a fine new prince one day soon, and then you’ll want to play with us, if we’ll let you.