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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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I have brought Count Claudio

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I have brought Count Claudio, whom you
sent me to seek.
Why, how now, count, wherefore are you sad?
Not sad, my lord.
How then, sick?

No, sure, my lord, my mother cried, but then there
was a star danced, and under that was I born.
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Act 2
Scene 1
Line 281

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