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Of Mars' fiery steed: To other regions! Which they distil now in the curbed time,
France is a stable; we that dwell in't, jades; To make the coming hour o'erflow with joy,
Therefore, to the war!

And pleasure drown the brim.
Ber. It'shall be so; I'll send her to my house, Hel. What's his will else?
Acquaint my mother with my hate to her, Par. That you will take your instant leave o
And wherefore I am fled; write to the king

the king,

That which I durst not speak: His present gift And make this haste as your own good proceed."
Shall furnish me to those Italian fields, Strengthen'd with what apology you think
Where noble fellows strike: War is nó strife May make it probable need. *
To the dark house, * and the detested wife. Hel. What more commands he?

Par. Will this capricio hold in thee, art sure ? Pur. That, having this obtain'd, you presently
Ber. Go with me to my chamber, and advise Attend his further pleasure.
I'll send her straight away: To-morrow (me. Hel. In every thing I wait upon his will.
I'll to the wars, she to her single sorrow. Par. I shall report it so.
Pur: Why, these balls bound; there's noise Hel. I pray you. Come, sirrah. [Exeunt.
in it.-"Tis hard;

SCENE V.-Another Room in the same.
A young man, married, is a man that's marr'd:
Therefore away, and leave her bravely; go:

The king has done you wrong; but, hush? 'tis

Laf. But, I hope, your lordship thinks not

[Exeunt. him a soldier. SCENE IV.-The same.--- Another Room in the

Ber. Yes, my lord, and of very valiant ap


Laf. You have it from his own deliverance.
Enter HELENA and Clown.

Ber. And by other warranted testimony. Hel. My mother greets me kindly: Is she Laf. Then my dial goes not true; I took this well?

lark for a bunting.t Clo. She is not well; but yet she has her Ber. I do assure you, my lord, he is very health : she's very merry; but yet she is not great in knowledge, and accordingly valiant. well: but thanks be given, she's very well,

Laf. I have then 'sinned against his experiand wants nothing i'the world; but yet she is ence, and transgressed against his valour; and not well.

my state that way is dangerous, since I cannot Hel. If she be very well, what does she ail, yet find in my heart to repent. Here he comes; that she's not very well ?

I pray you, make us friends, I will pursue the
Clo. Truly, she's very well, indeed, but for amity.
two things.

Hel. What two things ?
Clo. One, that she's not in heaven, whither

Par. These things shall be done, Sir.

God send her quickly! the other, that she's in
earth, from whence, God send her quickly!

Laf. Pray you, Sir, who's his tailor?

Par. Sir?
Par. Bless you, my fortunate lady!

Laf. O, I know him well: Ay, Sir; he, Sir, Hel. I hope, Sir, Í have your good will to is a good workman, a very good tailor. have mine own good fortunes.

Ber. Is she gone to the king?

[Aside to PAROLLES. Par. You had my prayers to lead them on :

Par. She is. and to keep them on, have them still.-0, my knave! How does my old lady?

Ber. Will she away to-night?

Par. As you'll have her. Clo. So that you had her wrinkles, and I her money, I would she did as you say.

Ber. I have writ my letters, casketed my Par. Why, I say nothing.


Given order for our horses ; and to-night, Clo. Marry, you are the wiser man; for many a man's tongue shakes out his master's When I should take possession of the bride, undoing : To say nothing, to do nothing, to And, ere I do begin, know nothing, and to have nothing, is to be a latter end of a dinner ; but one that lies three

Laf. A good traveller is something at the great part of your title ; which is within a very thirds, and uses a known truth to pass a thoulittle of nothing:

sand nothings with, should be once heard, and Par. Away, thou’rt a knave. Clo. You should have said, Sir, before a

thrice beaten.-God save you, captain. knave thou art a knave ; that is, before me thou lord and you, monsieur ?

Ber. Is there any unkindness between my art a knave: this had been truth, Sir. Par. Go to, thou art a witty fool, I have into my lord's displeasure.

Par. I know not how I have deserved to run found thee. Clo. Did you find me in yourself, Sir? or were and spurs and all, like him that leaped into

Laf. You have made shift to run into't, boots you taught to find me? The search, Sir, was the custard ; and out of it you'll run again, profitable; and much fool may you find in you, rather than suffer question for your residence. even to the world's pleasure, and the increase of laughter.

Ber. It may be, you have mistaken him, my

lord. Par. A good knave, i'faith, and well fed.Madam, my lord will go away to-night;

Laf. And shall do so ever, though I took him A very serious business calls on him.

at his prayers. Fare you well, my lord ; and

believe this of me, There can be no kernel in The great prerogative and rite of love, Which, as your due, time claims, he does ac- clothes: trust him pot in matter of heavy con

this light nut; the soul of this man is his knowledge; But puts it off by 'a compellid restraint;

sequence ; I have kept of them tame, and know Whose want, and whose delay, is strewed

their natures.--Farewell, monsieur : I have with sweets,

* A specious appearance of recessity.

+ The bunting nearly resembles the sky-lark; but line . The house made gloomy by discontent. lule or no song, which gives estimation to the sky.lack

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289 spoken better of you, than you have or will de- i Lord. Holy seems the quarrel serve at my hand; but we must do good against Upon your grace's part; black and fea'". evil.

(Exit. On the opposer: Par. An idle lord, I swear.

Duke. Therefore we marvel much, our conta
Ber. I think so.

Par. Why, do you not know him ?

Would, in so just a business, shut his bosom
Ber. Yes, 'I do know him well; and common Against our borrowing prayers.

2 Lord. Good my lord, Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog. The reasons of our state'I cannot yield,* Enter Helena.

But like a common and an outward man,t

That the great figure of a council frames Hel. I have, Sir, I was commanded from By self-unable motion : therefore dare not you,

(leave Say what I think of it; since I have found Spoke with the king, and have procured his Myself in my uncertain grounds to fail For present parting; only, he desires

As often as I guess'd.
Some private speech with you.

Duke. Be it his pleasure.
Ber. I shall obey his wisi.

2 Lord. But I am sure, the younger of our You must not marvel, Helen, at my course,

nature, Which holds not colour with the time, nor does That surfeit on their ease, will, day by day, The ministration and required office

Come here for physic. On my particular : prepar'd I was not

Duke, Welcome shall they be ; For such a business; therefore am I found

And all the honours, that can fly from us, So much unsettled : This drives me to entreat Shall on them settle. You know your places you,

well; That presently you take your way for home;

When better fall, for your avails they fell: And rather muse,* than ask, why I entreat you: To-morrow to the field, [Flourish. Exeunt. For my respects are better than they seem; And my appointments have in them a need, SCENE II.-Rousillon.-A Room in the Coun. Greater than shows itself, at the first view,

TESS' Palace. To you that know them not. This to my mother:

Enter COUNTESS and Clown.

[Giving a letter. *Twill be two days ere I shall see you ; so Count. It hath happened all as I would have I leave you to your wisdom.

had it, save, that he comes not along with her. Hel. Sir, I can nothing say,

Clo. By my troth, I take my young lord to. But that I am your most obedient servant. be a very melancholy man. Ber. Come, come, no more of that.

Count. By what observance, I pray you? He. And ever shall

Clo. Why, he will look upon his boot, and With true observance seek to eke out that, sing; mend the ruff, and sing; ask questions, Wherein toward me my homely stars have fáild and sing; pick his itern, and sing: 1 know a To equal my great fortune.

man that had this trick of melancholy, sold a Ber. Let that go:

goodly manor for a song. My haste is very great: Farewell; hie home. Count. Let me see what he writes, and when Hel. Pray, Sir, your pardon.

he means to come.

[Opening a letter. Ber. Well, what would you say?

Clo. I have no mind to Isbel, since I was at Hel. I am not worthy of the wealth I owe it court: our old ling and our Isbels o' the counNor dare I say, 'tis mine ; and yet it is; try are nothing like your old ling and your But, like a timorous thiet, most fain would steal Isbels the court : the brains of my Cupid's What law does vouch mine own.

knocked out ; and I begin to love, as an old Ber. What would you have?

man loves money, with no stomach. Hel. Something; and scarce so much :-no

Count. What have we here? thing indeed.

Clo. E'en that you have there. [Exit. I would not tell you what I would : my lord- Count. [Reads.) I have sent you a daughter'faith, yes ;

in-law : she hath recorered the king, and undone Strangers, and foes, do sunder, and not kiss. I have wedded her, not bedded her; and Ber. I pray you, stay not, but in baste to sworn to make the not eternal. You shall 'heur, horse.

I am run away ; know it, before the report come. Hel. I shall not break your bidding, good there be breadth enough in the world, I will

hold a long distance. My duty to you. Ber. Where are my other men, monsieur?

Your unfortunate son,
[Excit HELENA.

Go thou toward home; where I will never come, This is not well, rash and unbridled boy,
Whilst I can shake my sword, or hear the To fly the favours of so good a king;
Away, and for our flight.

[drum :

:-To pluck bis indignation on thy head, Par. Bravely, coragio!

[Exeunt. By the misprizing of a maid too virtuous

For the contempt of empire.

Re-enter Clown
SCENE 1,- Florence- A Room in the Duke's

Clo. O madam, yonder is heavy news with. Flourish.--Enter the Duke of FLORENCE, at- in,

between two soldiers and my young lady.

Court. What is the matter? tended; two French LORDS, and others.

Clo. Nay, there is some comfort in the news, Duke. So that, from point to point, now have some comfort; your son will not be killed so

soon as I thought he would.
The fundamental reasons of this war; [forth,
Whose great decision hath much blood let * I.e. I cannot inform you of the reasons.
And more thirsts after.

+ One not in the secret of affairs.

1 As we say at present, our young fellow. Wonder,

+ Posses.

The folding at the top of the boot,


my lord.

you heard

Cour... Why should he be killed ?

1 Gen. Indeed, good lady, Clo. So say 1, madam, if he run away, as I The fellow has a deal of that, too much, hear he does: the danger is in standing to't;Which holds him much to have. that's the loss of men, though it be the getting Count. You are welcome, gentlemen, of viiluren. Here they come, will tell you I will entreat you, when you see my son, more : for my part, I only hear, your son was To tell him, that his sword can never win run away.

(E.rit Clown. The honour that he loses : more I'll entreat

Written to bear along."
Enter Helena and tuo GENTLEMEN.

2 Gen. We serve you, madam, 1 Gen. Save you, good madam.

In that and all your worthiest affairs. Hel. Madam, my lord is gone, for ever gone.

Count. Not so, but as we change our courte. 2 Gen. Do not say so.

Will you draw near?

(sies.* Count. Think upon patience.—'Pray you,

[Exeunt Countess and GENTLEMEN. gentlemen,

Hel. Till I hare no wife, 1 hare nothing in. I have felt so many quirks of joy, and grief,

France. That the first face of neither, on the start,

Nothing in France, until he has no wife! Can woman* me unto't:—Where is my son, I Thou shalt have none, Rousillon, none in pray you ?

France, 2 Gen. Madam, he's gone to serve the duke Then hast thou all again. Poor lord ! is't I of Florence:


That chase thee from thy country, and expose We met him thitherward; from thence we Those tender limbs of thine to the event And, after some despatch in hand at court,

Of the none-sparing war? and is it I [thou Thither we bend again.

That drive thee from the sportive court, where Hel. Look on his letter, madam; here's my Wast shot at with fair eyes, to be the mark passport.

Of smoky muskets? O you leaden messengers, [Reads.) When thou cunst get the ring upon That ride upon the violent speed of tire,

my finger,+ which never shall come off, and Fly with faise aim; move the still-piercing air, show me a child begotten of thy body, that I That sings with piercing, do not touch my lord! am father to, then call me husband: but in Whoever shoots at him, I set him there; such a then I write u never.

Whoever charges on his forward breast, This is a dreadful sentence.

I am the caitiff, that do hold him to it; Count. Brought you this letter, gentlemen ?

And, though I kill him not, I am the cause 1 Gen. Ay, inadam;

(pains. His death was so affected : better 'twere, And, for the contents' sake, are sorry for our

I met the ravint lion when he roar'd Count. I pr’ythee, lady, have a better cheer; With sharp constraint of hunger; better 'twers If thou engrossest all the griefs are thine,t

That all the miseries, which nature owes, Thou robb'st me of a moiety: He was my son; Were mine at once: No, come thou homa-, But I do wash his name out of my blood,

Rousillon, And thou art all my child.- Towards Florence Whence honour bút of danger wins a scar, is he?

As oft it loses all; I will be gone: 2 Gen. Ay, madam.

My being here it is, that keeps thee hence: Count. And to be a soldier ?

Shall I stay here to do't? no, no, although 2 Gen. Such is his noble purpose : and, be. The air of paradise did fan the house, lieve't,

And angels ottic'd all: I will be gone; The duke will lay upon him all the honour

That pitiful rumour may report my tlight, That good convenience claims.

To consolate thine ear. Come, night; end, day! Count. Return you thither?

For, with the dark, poor thief, I'll steal away. 1 Gen. Ay, madam, with the swiftest wing

[Erit. of speed.

SCENE III.-Florence.- Before the Duke's Hel. [Reads.) Till I hare no wife, I have no

Palace. thing in France. Tis bitter.

Flourish. Enter the DUKE OF FLORENCE, BERCount. Find rou that there?

TRAM, LORDS, Officers, Soldiers, and others. Hel. Ay, madam.

Duke. The general of our horse thon art; 1 Gen. "Tis but the boldness of his hand,

[dence; haply, which

Great in our hope, lay our best love and cre. His heart was not consenting to.

Upon thy promising fortune. Count. Nothing in France, until he have no Ber. Sir, it is wife!

A charge too heavy for my strength; but yet There's nothing here, that is too good for him, We'll strive to bear it for your worthy sake, But only she; and she deserves a lord, To the extreme edge of hazard. That twenty such rude boys might tend upon, Duke. Then go thou forth; And call her hourly, mistress. Who was with And fortune play upon thy prosperous helm, ?

As thy auspicious mistress 1 Gen. A servant only, and a gentleman Ber. This very day, Which I have some time known.

Great Mars, I put myself into thy file : [prove Count. Parolles, was't not?

Make me but like my thoughts; and I shall 1 Gen. Ay, my good lady, he.

A lover of thy drum, hater of love. [Exeunt. Count. A very tainted fellow, and full of wickedness.

SCENE IV:-Rousillon.-A Room in the

My son corrupts a well-derived nature
With hio inducement.


Count. Alas! and would you take the letter * 1. e. Affect me suddenly and deeply, as our sex are

of her? usually affected. +1.2. When you can get the ring which is on my finger her servants, the countess answers-no otherwise than s

* In reply to the gentlemen's declaration that they are into your possession. If thou keepes all thy sorrows to thyself.

she returns the same offers of civility. + Rarenovs

and we,

Might you not know, she would do as she has rolles: a filthy officer be is in those suggestions* done,

for the young earl.-Beware of them, Diana; By sending me a letter ? Read it again. their promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and

Stew. I am Saint Jaques' pilgrim, thither gone; all these engines of lust, are not the things they Ambitious love hath so in me offended,

go under: + many a maid hath been seduced That bare-foot plod I the cold ground upon,

by them; and the misery is, example, that so With sainted row my faults to hare 'amended.

terrible shows in the wreck of maiden hood. Write, urite, that, from the bloody course of war, cannot for all that dissuade succession, but My dearest master, your dear son may hie ;

that they are limed with the twigs that threatBless him at home in peace, whilst I from far,

en them. I hope, I need not to advise you fure His name with zealous ferrour sanctify:

ther; but, I hope, your own grace will keep His taken labours bid him me forgire ;

you where you are, though there were no fur1, his despiteful Juno,* sent him forth

ther danger known, but the modesty which is From courtly friends, with camping foes to live,

so lost. Where death and danger dog the heels of worth:

Dia. You shall not need to fear me. He is too good und fuir for death and me;

Enter HELENA, in the dress of a Pilgrim. Whom I myself embrace, to set him free. Count. Ah, what sharp stings are in her grim: I know she will lie at my house: thither

Wid. I hope so.—Look, here comes a pilmildest words !Rinaldo, you did never lack advicet so much, God save you, pilgrim! Whither are you

they send one another: I'll question her. As letting her pass so; had I spoke with her,

bound? I could have well diverted her intents,

Hel. To Saint Jaques le grand. Which thus she hath prevented.

Were do the palmerst lodge, I do beseech you? Stew. Pardon me, madam:

Wid. At the Saint Francis here, beside the If I had given you this at over-night,

port. She might have been o'erta'en ; and yet she

Hel. Is this the way? Pursuit would be in vain.


Wid. Ay, marry, is it.-Hark you! Count. What angel shall Bless this unworthy husband ? he cannot thrive, They come this way :-If you will tarry, holy

[A march afar off. Unless her prayers, whom Heaven delights to

pilgrim, hear,

But till the

troops come by, And loves to grant, reprive him from the wrath I will conduct you where you shall be lodg’d; Of greatest justice.Write, write, Rinaldo,

The rather, for, I think, I know your hostess To this unworthy husband of his wife;

As ample as myself. Let every word weigh heavy of her worth,

Hel. Is it yourself? That be does weight too light: my greatest Wid. If you shall please so, pilgrim. griet,

Hel. I thank you, and will stay upon your Though little he do feel it, set down sharply.

leisure. Despatch the most convenient messenger :- Wid. You came, I think from France? When, haply, he shall bear that she is gone, Hel. I did so. He will return; and hope I may, that she, Wid. Here you shall see a countryman of Hearing so much, will speed her foot again,

That has done worthy service. [yours, Led hither by pure love : which of them both Hel. His name, I pray you. Is dearest to me, I have no skill in sense

Dia. The count Rousillon; Know you such To make distinction :-Provide this messen

a one? ger :

Hel. But by the ear, that hears most nobly My heart is heavy, and mine age is weak;

His face I know not.

(of him: Grief would have tears, and sorrow bids me

Dia. Whatsoe'er he is, speak.

[Exeunt. He's bravely taken here. He stole from France, SCENE V.-Without the walls of Florence.

As 'tis reported, fors the king bad married him

Against his liking : Think you it is so?
A tucket afur off. Enter an old Widow of

Hel. Ay, surely, mere the truth ;|| I know oth tizens.

Dia. There is a gentleman, that serves the Wid. Nay, come ; for if they do approach Reports but coarsely of her.

[count, the city, we shall lose all the sight.

Hel. What's his name? Dia. They say, the French count has done Dia. Monsieur Parolles. most honourable service.

Hel. 0, I believe with him, Wid. It is reported that he has taken their In argument of praise, or to the worth greatest commander; and that with his own Of the great count himself, she is too mean hand he slew the duke's brother. We have To have her pame repeated; all her deserving lost our labour; they are gone a contrary way: Is a reserved honesty, and that hark: you may know by their trumpets. I have not heard examin'd.

Mar. Come, let's return again, and suflice Dia. Alas, poor lady! ourselves with the report of it. Well, Diana, 'Tis a hard bondage, to become the wife take heed of this French earl: the honour of a Of a detesting lord. maid is her name; and no legacy is so rich as Wid. A right good creature: wheresoe'er honesty.

she is, Wid. I have told my neighbour, how you Her heart weighs sadly: this young maid night have been solicited by a gentleman his com- A shrewd turn, if she pleas'd. panion.

* Temptations. Mar. I know that knave; hang him! one Pa

+ They are not the things for which their names would

make them pass. Alluding to the story of Hercules.

1 Pilgrims ; so called from a staff or hough of palan + Discretion or thought.

they were wunt to carry. i Weigh here means to value or esteem.

Because. ll The exact, the entire troth


his lady.

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Hel. How do you mean?

2 Lord. None better than to let him fetch eft May be, the amorous count solicits acr his drum, which you hear him so confidently In the unlawful purpose.

undertake to do. Wid, He does, indeed;

i Lord. I, with a troop of Florentines, will And brokes* with all that can in such a suit suddenly surprise him; such I will have, whom, Corrupt the tender honour of a maid:

I am sure, he knows not from the enemy: we But she is arın'd for him, and keeps her guard will bind and hood-wink him so, that he shall In honestest detence.

suppose no other but that he is carried into the Enter with drum and colours, a party of the Flo- leaguer* of the adversaries, when we bring him

to our tents: Be but your lordship present at rentine army, BERTRAM, and PAROLLES.

his examination; if he do not, for the promise Mar. The gods forbid else!

of his life, and'in the highest compulsion of Wid. So, now they come :

base fear, offer to betray you, and deliver all That is Antonio, the duke's eldest son; the intelligence in his power against you, and That, Escalus.

that with the divine forfeit of his soul upon Hel. Which is the Frenchman ?

oath, never trust my judgement in any thing. Dia. He;

2 Lord. O, for the love of laughter, let him That with the plume: 'tis a most gallant fel- fetch his drum; he says, he has a stratagem low;

[ter, for't: when your lordship sees the bottom of I would, he lov'd his wife : if he were hones- his success in't, and to what metal this counHe were much goodlier :-Is't not a handsome terfeit lump of ore will be melted, if you give gentleman ?

him not John Drum's entertainment, your inHel. I like him well.

clining cannot be removed. Here he comes. Dia. 'Tis pity, he is not honest: Yond's that

Enter PAROLLES. same knave, That leads him to these places; were I his

1 Lurd. O, for the love of laughter, hinder I'd poison that vile rascal.


not the humour of his design; let him fetch off Hel. Which is he?

his drum in any hand. Diu. That jack-an-apes with scarfs: Why is

Ber. How now, monsieur? this drum sticks be melancholy?

sorely in your disposition. Hel. Perchance he's hurt i'the battle.

2 Lord. A pox on't, let it go; 'tis but a drum. Par. Lose our drum! well.

Par. But a drum! Is't but a drum? A drum Mar. He's shrewdly vexed at something: so lost!-There was an excellent command. Look, he has spied us.

to charge in with our horse upon our own Wid. Marry, hang you!

wings, and to rend our own soldiers. Mar. And your courtesy, for a ring-carrier!

2 Lord. That was not to be blamed in the [Exeunt Bertran, Parolles, Officers, command of the service; it was a disaster of and Soldiers.

war that Cæsar himself could not have preWid. The troop is past: Come, pilgrim, I vented, if he had been there to command. will bring you

Ber.'Well, we cannot greatly condemn our Where you shall host: of enjoin'd penitents

success : some dishonour we had in the loss of There's four or five, to great Saint Jaques that drum; but it is not to be recovered Already at my house.


Par. It might have been recovered Hel. Í humbly thank you :

Ber. It might, but it is not now. Please it this matron, and this gentle maid,

Par. It is to be recovered: but that the merit

of service is seldom attributed to the true and To eat with us to-night, the charge, and thank. ing,

exact performer, I would have that drum or Shall be for me; and, to requite you further,

another, or hic jucet.t I will bestow some precepts on this virgin,

Ber. Why, if you have a stomach to't, monWorthy the note.

sieur, if you think your mystery in stratagem Both. We'll take your offer kindly. [Exeunt. his native quarter, be magnanimous in the

can bring this instrument of honour again into SCENE VI.-Camp before Florence.

enterprise, and go on; I will grace the attempt

for a worthy exploit; if you speed well in it, Enter BERTRAM, and the two French LORDS. the duke shall both speak of it, and extend to him have his way, 1. Lord. Nay, good my lord, put him to't; let you what further becomes his greatness, even

to the utmost syllable of your worthiness. 2 Lord. If your lordship find him not a hild.

Par. By the hand of a soldier, I will under

take it. ing,t hoid me no more in your respect. 1 Lord. On my life, my lord, a bubble.

Ber. But you must not now slumber in it. Ber. Do you think, I am so far deceiv'd in

Par. I'll about it this evening: and I will him?

presently pen down my dilemmas, encourage 1 Lord. Believe it, my lord, in mine own di- myself in my certainty, put myself into iny rect knowledge, without any malice, but to

mortal preparation, and, by midnight, look to

hear further from me. speak of him as my kinsman, he's a most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an

Ber. May I be bold to acquaint his grace, hourly promise-breaker, the owner of no one

you are gone about it?

Pur. I know not what the success may be, good quality worthy your lordship's entertain

my lord; but the attempt I vow. ment, 2 Lord. It were fit you knew him; lest, re

Ber. I know, thou art valiant; and, to thic posing too far in his virtue, which he hath not, possibility of thy soldiership, will subscribe for

thee. . he might, at some great and trusty business, in a main danger, fail you.

Par. I love not many words. (E.cit. Ber. I would, I knew in what particular ac

* The camp. tion to try him.

+ I would recover the lost drum or another, or die in the attempt.

Il will pen down my plans and the prnhahle abstrus jaals with panders. + A paltry fellow, a award.


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