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Happiness

Town and Country

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In Cymbeline, Belarius advises his two adoptive sons to embrace the idyllic life in the country rather than the political life at court:

“O, this life
Is nobler than attending for a check;
Richer than doing nothing for a bable;
Prouder than rustling in unpaid-for silk:
Such gain the cap of him that makes him fine,
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Silence is the perfectest heralt of joy

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Silence is the perfectest heralt of joy; I were but little happy, if I could say how much!
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Act 2
Scene 1
Line 300

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There’s little of the melancholy element in her

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There’s little of the melancholy element in
her, my lord. She is never sad but when she sleeps,
and not ever sad then, for I have heard my daughter
say she hath often dreamt of unhappiness and
waked herself with laughing.
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Act 2
Scene 1
Line 335

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