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ACT I SCENE II The same. A public place. 
 Enter CLOTEN and two Lords. 
First Lord Sir, I would advise you to shift a shirt; the 
 violence of action hath made you reek as a 
 sacrifice: where air comes out, air comes in: 
 there's none abroad so wholesome as that you vent.
CLOTEN If my shirt were bloody, then to shift it. Have I hurt him? 
Second Lord [ Aside ] No faith; not so much as his patience.  
First Lord Hurt him! his body's a passable carcass, if he be 
 not hurt: it is a thoroughfare for steel, if it be not hurt. 10
Second Lord [ Aside ] His steel was in debt; it went  
 o' the backside the town. 
CLOTEN The villain would not stand me.
Second Lord [ Aside ] No; but he fled forward still, toward your face.  
First Lord Stand you! You have land enough of your own: but



 
 he added to your having; gave you some ground. 
Second Lord [ Aside ] As many inches as you have oceans. Puppies! 
CLOTEN I would they had not come between us. 20
Second Lord [ Aside ] So would I; till you had measured how long  
 a fool you were upon the ground. 
CLOTEN And that she should love this fellow and refuse me!
Second Lord [ Aside ] If it be a sin to make a true election, 
 she is damned. 
First Lord Sir, as I told you always, her beauty and her brain 
 go not together: she's a good sign, but I have seen 
 small reflection of her wit. 
Second Lord [ Aside ] She shines not upon fools, lest  
 the reflection should hurt her. 30
CLOTEN Come, I'll to my chamber. Would there had been some 
 hurt done! 
Second Lord [ Aside ] I wish not so; unless it had 
 been the fall of an ass, which is no great hurt. 
CLOTEN You'll go with us? 
First Lord I'll attend your lordship.
CLOTEN Nay, come, let's go together. 
Second Lord Well, my lord. 
 [ Exeunt.  


Cymbeline, Act 1, Scene 3


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Explanatory Notes for Act 1, Scene 2
From Cymbeline. A.W. Verity. Cambridge, University Press.

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The scene with its ironical "asides" of the Second Lord and somewhat thin banter resembles The Tempest, II. i. So again II. i.

8. passable, affording free passage through; with a quibble, perhaps, on pass in its fencing sense = 'a thrust at an adversary.'

11, 12. The metaphor of a debtor who slinks through back-streets to escape notice.

27, 28. go not together, are not equal -- on a par, as we say. she's a good sign... wit. She has a "fair outward show," but lacks wit. "It should be remembered, that anciently almost every sign [of an inn] had a motto, or some attempt at a witticism, underneath it" -- Steevens. For the drift of the remark cf. I. 6. 15-18.



How to cite the explanatory notes:
Shakespeare, William. Cymbeline. Ed. A.W. Verity. Cambridge, University Press, 1899. Shakespeare Online. 10 Dec. 2013. < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/cymbel_1_2.html >.

How to cite the sidebar:
Mabillard, Amanda. Notes on Shakespeare. Shakespeare Online. 10 Dec. 2013. < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/cymbel_1_2.html >.
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