Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Critical Reference Edition, Vol. 2

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4.1Actus Quartus. Scena Prima.

Enter Clotten alone.
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Clot I am neere to'th'place where they should meet, if Pisanio haue 2mapp'd it truely. How fit his Garments serue me? Why should his Mistris

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that made the Taylor, not be fit too? The rather

4(sauing reuerence of the Word) for 'tis saide a Womans fitnesse comes 5by fits: therein I must play the Workman, I dare speake it to my selfe, 6for it is not Vainglorie for a man, and his Glasse, to confer in his owne 7Chamber; I meane, the Lines of my body are as well drawne as his; no 8lesse young, more strong, not beneath him in Fortunes, beyond him in 9the aduantage of the time, aboue him in Birth, alike conuersant in 10generall seruices, and more remarkeable in single oppositions; yet this Critical Apparatus11imperseuerant Thing loues him in my despight. What Mortalitie is? 12Posthumus, thy head (which now is growing vppon thy shoulders) shall 13within this houre be off, thy Mistris inforced, thy Garments cut to peeces pg 341314before thy face: and all this done, spurne her home to her Father, who 15may (happily) be a little angry for my so rough vsage: but my Mother 16hauing power of his testinesse, shall turne all into my commendations. 17My Horse is tyed vp safe, out Sword, and to a sore purpose: Fortune 18put them into my hand: This is the very description of their meeting 19place and the Fellow dares not deceiue me.

Exit.

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4.1.11 imperseuerant = imperceiverant
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