Speeches (Lines) for First Gentleman in "The Winter's Tale"

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# Act / Scene Speech text
1 V / 2
  • I was by at the opening of the fardel, heard the old
    shepherd deliver the ma...
  • I was by at the opening of the fardel, heard the old
    shepherd deliver the manner how he found it:
    whereupon, after a little amazedness, we were all
    commanded out of the chamber; only this methought I
    heard the shepherd say, he found the child.
  • Autolycus. Beseech you, sir, were you present at this relation?

    First Gentleman. I was by at the opening of the fardel, heard the old
    shepherd deliver the manner how he found it:
    whereupon, after a little amazedness, we were all
    commanded out of the chamber; only this methought I
    heard the shepherd say, he found the child.

2 V / 2
  • I make a broken delivery of the business; but the
    changes I perceived in the...
  • I make a broken delivery of the business; but the
    changes I perceived in the king and Camillo were
    very notes of admiration: they seemed almost, with
    staring on one another, to tear the cases of their
    eyes; there 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
    beholder, that 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?
  • Autolycus. I would most gladly know the issue of it.

    First Gentleman. I make a broken delivery of the business; but the
    changes I perceived in the king and Camillo were
    very notes of admiration: they seemed almost, with
    staring on one another, to tear the cases of their
    eyes; there 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
    beholder, that 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?

3 V / 2
  • What became of his bark and his followers?
  • What became of his bark and his followers?
  • Third Gentleman. Like an old tale still, which will have matter to
    rehearse, though credit be asleep and not an ear
    open. He was torn to pieces with a bear: this
    avouches the shepherd's son; who has not only his
    innocence, which seems much, to justify him, but a
    handkerchief and rings of his that Paulina knows.

    First Gentleman. What became of his bark and his followers?

4 V / 2
  • The dignity of this act was worth the audience of
    kings and princes; for by...
  • The dignity of this act was worth the audience of
    kings and princes; for by such was it acted.
  • Third Gentleman. Wrecked the same instant of their master's death and
    in the view of the shepherd: so that all the
    instruments which aided to expose the child were
    even then lost when it was found. But O, the noble
    combat that 'twixt joy and sorrow was fought in
    Paulina! She had one eye declined for the loss of
    her husband, another elevated that the oracle was
    fulfilled: she lifted the princess from the earth,
    and so locks her in embracing, as if she would pin
    her to her heart that she might no more be in danger
    of losing.

    First Gentleman. The dignity of this act was worth the audience of
    kings and princes; for by such was it acted.

5 V / 2
  • Are they returned to the court?
  • Are they returned to the court?
  • Third Gentleman. One of the prettiest touches of all and that which
    angled for mine eyes, caught the water though not
    the fish, was when, at the relation of the queen's
    death, with the manner how she came to't bravely
    confessed and lamented by the king, how
    attentiveness wounded his daughter; till, from one
    sign of dolour to another, she did, with an 'Alas,'
    I would fain say, bleed tears, for I am sure my
    heart wept blood. Who was most marble there changed
    colour; some swooned, all sorrowed: if all the world
    could have seen 't, the woe had been universal.

    First Gentleman. Are they returned to the court?

6 V / 2
  • Who would be thence that has the benefit of access?
    every wink of an eye som...
  • Who would be thence that has the benefit of access?
    every wink of an eye some new grace will be born:
    our absence makes us unthrifty to our knowledge.
    Let's along.
  • Second Gentleman. I thought she had some great matter there in hand;
    for she hath privately twice or thrice a day, ever
    since the death of Hermione, visited that removed
    house. Shall we thither and with our company piece
    the rejoicing?

    First Gentleman. Who would be thence that has the benefit of access?
    every wink of an eye some new grace will be born:
    our absence makes us unthrifty to our knowledge.
    Let's along.

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