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

Total: 5

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1

V,1,2927

(stage directions). [Enter a Gentleman]

Gentleman. One that gives out himself Prince Florizel,
Son of Polixenes, with his princess, she
The fairest I have yet beheld, desires access
To your high presence.


2

V,1,2936

Leontes. What with him? he comes not
Like to his father's greatness: his approach,
So out of circumstance and sudden, tells us
'Tis not a visitation framed, but forced
By need and accident. What train?

Gentleman. But few,
And those but mean.


3

V,1,2939

Leontes. His princess, say you, with him?

Gentleman. Ay, the most peerless piece of earth, I think,
That e'er the sun shone bright on.


4

V,1,2950

Paulina. O Hermione,
As every present time doth boast itself
Above a better gone, so must thy grave
Give way to what's seen now! Sir, you yourself
Have said and writ so, but your writing now
Is colder than that theme, 'She had not been,
Nor was not to be equall'd;'—thus your verse
Flow'd with her beauty once: 'tis shrewdly ebb'd,
To say you have seen a better.

Gentleman. Pardon, madam:
The one I have almost forgot,—your pardon,—
The other, when she has obtain'd your eye,
Will have your tongue too. This is a creature,
Would she begin a sect, might quench the zeal
Of all professors else, make proselytes
Of who she but bid follow.


5

V,1,2958

Paulina. How! not women?

Gentleman. Women will love her, that she is a woman
More worth than any man; men, that she is
The rarest of all women.


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