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Speeches (Lines) for Frenchman
in "Cymbeline"

Total: 7

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Philario. You speak of him when he was less furnished than now
he is with that which makes him both without and within.

Frenchman. I have seen him in France: we had very many there
could behold the sun with as firm eyes as he.



Iachimo. This matter of marrying his king's daughter, wherein
he must be weighed rather by her value than his own,
words him, I doubt not, a great deal from the matter.

Frenchman. And then his banishment.



Philario. His father and I were soldiers together; to whom I
have been often bound for no less than my life.
Here comes the Briton: let him be so entertained
amongst you as suits, with gentlemen of your
knowing, to a stranger of his quality.
I beseech you all, be better known to this
gentleman; whom I commend to you as a noble friend
of mine: how worthy he is I will leave to appear
hereafter, rather than story him in his own hearing.

Frenchman. Sir, we have known together in Orleans.



Posthumus Leonatus. Since when I have been debtor to you for courtesies,
which I will be ever to pay and yet pay still.

Frenchman. Sir, you o'er-rate my poor kindness: I was glad I
did atone my countryman and you; it had been pity
you should have been put together with so mortal a
purpose as then each bore, upon importance of so
slight and trivial a nature.



Posthumus Leonatus. By your pardon, sir, I was then a young traveller;
rather shunned to go even with what I heard than in
my every action to be guided by others' experiences:
but upon my mended judgment—if I offend not to say
it is mended—my quarrel was not altogether slight.

Frenchman. 'Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitrement of swords,
and by such two that would by all likelihood have
confounded one the other, or have fallen both.



Iachimo. Can we, with manners, ask what was the difference?

Frenchman. Safely, I think: 'twas a contention in public,
which may, without contradiction, suffer the report.
It was much like an argument that fell out last
night, where each of us fell in praise of our
country mistresses; this gentleman at that time
vouching—and upon warrant of bloody
affirmation—his to be more fair, virtuous, wise,
chaste, constant-qualified and less attemptable
than any the rarest of our ladies in France.



(stage directions). [Exeunt POSTHUMUS LEONATUS and IACHIMO]

Frenchman. Will this hold, think you?

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