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Imogen

O Dissembling courtesy!

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Imogen
O,
Dissembling courtesy! How fine this tyrant
Can tickle where she wounds! My dearest husband,
I something fear my father’s wrath, but nothing—
Always reserved my holy duty—what
His rage can do on me. You must be gone,
And I shall here abide the hourly shot
Of angry eyes, not comforted to live
But that there is this jewel in the world
That I may see again.  
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Act 1
Scene 1
Line 97

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Then waved his handkerchief?

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Imogen
Then waved his handkerchief?
Pisanio
And kissed it, madam.
Imogen
Senseless linen, happier therein than I.
And that was all?
Pisanio
No, madam. For so long
As he could make me with this eye or ear
Distinguish him from others, he did keep
The deck,
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Act 1
Scene 3
Line 7

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A father cruel and a stepdame false

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Imogen
A father cruel and a stepdame false,
A foolish suitor to a wedded lady
That hath her husband banished. O, that husband,
My supreme crown of grief and those repeated
Vexations of it! Had I been thief-stol’n,
As my two brothers, happy; but most miserable
Is the desire that’s glorious. Blessed be those,
How mean soe’er,
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Act 1
Scene 6
Line 1

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I see a man’s life is a tedious one

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I see a man’s life is a tedious one.
I have tired myself, and for two nights together
Have made the ground my bed. I should be sick
But that my resolution helps me. Milford,
When from the mountain top Pisanio showed thee,
Thou wast within a ken. O Jove, I think
Foundations fly the wretched—such, I mean,
Where they should be relieved.
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Act 3
Scene 6
Line 1

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Plenty and peace breeds cowards

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Plenty and peace breeds cowards; hardness ever
Of hardiness is mother.
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Act 3
Scene 6
Line 21

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Society is no comfort To one not sociable

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Society is no comfort
To one not sociable.
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Act 4
Scene 2
Line 12

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These are kind creatures. Gods, what lies I have heard!

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These are kind creatures. Gods, what lies I have heard!
Our courtiers say all’s savage but at court.
Experience, O, thou disprov’st report!
Th’ imperious seas breeds monsters; for the dish,
Poor tributary rivers as sweet fish.
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Act 4
Scene 2
Line 32

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Methinks I see him now—

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Jachimo
Methinks I see him now—
Posthumus Leonatus
Advancing.
Ay, so thou dost,
Italian fiend! Ay me, most credulous fool,
Egregious murderer, thief, any thing
That’s due to all the villains past, in being,
To come! O, give me cord, or knife, or poison,
Some upright justicer! Thou, King, send out
For torturers ingenious;
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Act 5
Scene 5
Line 209

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Why did you throw your wedded lady from you?

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Imogen
Why did you throw your wedded lady from you?
Think that you are upon a rock, and now
Throw me again.
Embracing him.
Posthumus Leonatus
Hang there like fruit, my soul,
Till the tree die!
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Act 5
Scene 5
Line 261

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