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

Total: 5

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# Act, Scene, Line
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1

III,2,1219

Leontes. This sessions, to our great grief we pronounce,
Even pushes 'gainst our heart: the party tried
The daughter of a king, our wife, and one
Of us too much beloved. Let us be clear'd
Of being tyrannous, since we so openly
Proceed in justice, which shall have due course,
Even to the guilt or the purgation.
Produce the prisoner.

Officer. It is his highness' pleasure that the queen
Appear in person here in court. Silence!
[Enter HERMIONE guarded;]
PAULINA and Ladies attending]


2

III,2,1224

Leontes. Read the indictment.

Officer. [Reads] Hermione, queen to the worthy
Leontes, king of Sicilia, thou art here accused and
arraigned of high treason, in committing adultery
with Polixenes, king of Bohemia, and conspiring
with Camillo to take away the life of our sovereign
lord the king, thy royal husband: the pretence
whereof being by circumstances partly laid open,
thou, Hermione, contrary to the faith and allegiance
of a true subject, didst counsel and aid them, for
their better safety, to fly away by night.


3

III,2,1344

(stage directions). [Re-enter Officers, with CLEOMENES and DION]

Officer. You here shall swear upon this sword of justice,
That you, Cleomenes and Dion, have
Been both at Delphos, and from thence have brought
The seal'd-up oracle, by the hand deliver'd
Of great Apollo's priest; and that, since then,
You have not dared to break the holy seal
Nor read the secrets in't.


4

III,2,1353

Leontes. Break up the seals and read.

Officer. [Reads]. Hermione is chaste;
Polixenes blameless; Camillo a true subject; Leontes
a jealous tyrant; his innocent babe truly begotten;
and the king shall live without an heir, if that
which is lost be not found.


5

III,2,1361

Leontes. Hast thou read truth?

Officer. Ay, my lord; even so
As it is here set down.


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