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live, sir, in a dungeon, i' the stocks, or any where, for all your friends. .
[Unmuffling him. 80 I may live.
So, look about you ; Know you any bere? 1 Sold. We'll see what may be done, so you con- Ber. Good morrow, noble captain. feas freely; therefore, once more to this captain 2 Lord. God bless you, captain Parolles. Dumain: You have answered to his reputation with i Lord. God save you, noble captain. the duke, and to his valour: What is his honesty ?). 2 Lord. Captain, what greeting will you to my
Par. He will steal, sir, an egg out of a cloister; lord Lafcu? I'am for France. for rapes and ravishments he parallels Nessus.? Heli Lord. Good captain, will you give me a copy professes not keeping of oaths ; in breaking them, of the sonnet you writto Diana in behalfof the count he is stronger than Hercules. He will lie, sir, with Rousillon? an I were not a very coward, I'd compel such volubility, that you would think truth were ait of you; but fare you well. (Ere. Ber. Lords, d-e. fool : drunkenness is his best virtue ; for he will be 1 Sold. You are undonc, captain: all but you swine-drunk; and in his sleep he does little harm, scarf, that has a knot on't yet." save to his bed-clothes about him; but they know Par. Who cannot be crushed with a plot? his conditions, and lay him in straw. I have but 1 Sold. If you could find out a country where little more to say, sir, of his honcsty: he has every but women were that had received so much shame, thing that an honest man should not have; what you might begin an impudent nation. Fare you an honest man should have, he has nothing. well, sir; I am for France too; we shall speak of 1 Lord. I begin to love him for this.
(Ezil. Ber. For this description of thine honesty? All Par. Yet am I thankful: if my heart were great, pox upon him for me, he is more and more a cat. Twould burst at this : Captain I'll be no more;
| Sold. What say you to his expertness in war? But I will eat and drink, and sleep as sost
Par. Faith, sir, he has led the drum before the As captain shall : simply the thing I am English tragedians,-to belie him, I will not, -and Shall make me live. Who knows himself a braggart, more of his soldiership I know not ; except, in that Let bim fear this ; for it will come to pass, country, he had the honour to be the officer at a That every braggart shall be found an ass. place there call'd Mile-end, to instruct for the Rust, sword ! cool, blushes ! and, Parolles, live doubling of files: I would do the man what honour Safest in shame! being foolid, by foolery thrive! I can, but of this I am not certain.
There's place, and means, for every man alive. i Lord. He hath out-villained villany so far that I'll after them.
(Eril. the rarity redeems him. Ber. A pox on him! he's a cat still.
SCENE IV.-Florence. A room in the Widow's 1 Sold. His qualities being at this poor price, I house. Enler Helena, Widow, and Diana. need not ask you, if gold will corrupt him to revolt. Hel. That you may well perceive I have not Par. Sir, fór a quart d'ecu he will sell the fee
wrong'd you, simple of his salvation, the inheritance of it; and One of the greatest in the Christian world cut the entail from all remainders, and a perpetual Shall be my surety; 'fore whose throne, 'tis needful, succession for it perpetually: I Sold. What's his brother, the other captain Time was, I did him a desired office,
Ere I can perfect mine intents, to kneel: Dumain ?
Dear almost as his life ; which gratitude 2 Lord. Why does he ask him of me?
Through finty Tartar's bosom would peep forth, 1 Sold. What's he? Par. E'en a crow of the same nest; not altogether His grace is' at Marseilles; to which place
And answer, thanks : I duly am informid, so great as the first in goodness, but greater a great We have convenient convoy. You must know, deal in evil. He excels his brother for a coward, I am supposed dead: the army breaking, yet his brother is reputed one of the best that is: In My husband hies him home; where, heaven aiding á retreat he outruns any lackey; marry, in coming And by the leave of my good lord the king, on he has the cramp:
We'll be, before our welcome. 1 Sold. If your life be saved, will you undertake Wid.
Gentle madam, to betray the Florentine ?
You never had a servant, to whose trust Par. "Ay, and the captain of his horse, count Your business was inore welcome. Rousillon.
Nor you, mistress 1 Sold. I'll whisper with the general, and know Ever a friend, whose thoughts more truly labour his pleasure. Par. I'll no more drumming; a plague of all Hath brought me up to be your daughter's dower
To recompense your love ; doubt not, but Heaver drums! Only to seem to deserve well, and to be. As it hath Cated her to be my motive? guile the supposition of that lascivious young boy And helper to a husband. But, o strange men! the count, have I run into this danger: Yet, who That can such sweet use make of what they hate, would have suspected an ambush where I was When saucy trusting of the cozen'd thoughts taken?
[ Aside. Defiles the pitchy night! so lust doth play 1 Sold. There is no remedy, sir, but you must With what it loaths, for that which is away: die : the general says, you, that have so traitorously But more of this hereafter :
-You, Diana, discovered the secrets of your
arnıy, and made such Under my poor instructions yet must suffer pestiferous reports of men very nobly held, can Something in my behall. serve the world for no honest use; therefore you Dia.
Let death and honesty must die. Come, headsman, off with his head.
Go with your impositions, I am yours Par. O Lord, sir ; let me live, or let me see my Upon your will to suffer. death!
Hel. | Sold. That shall you, and take your leave But with the word, the time will bring on summe:
Yct, I pray you,
When briars shall have leaves as well as thorns, (1) i. e. He will steal any thing however trifling, from any place however holy.
(4) To deceive the opinion. (2) The Centaur killed by Hercules.
(5) For mover. (6) Lascivious, (3) The fourth part of the smaller French crown. (7) i, e. An honest death. (8) Commande.
And be as sweet as sharp. We must away; be jade's tricks; which are their own right by the Our wagon is prepard, and time revives us : law of nature.
[Exit. All's well that ends wel : still the fine's' the crown; Laf. A shrewd knave, and an unhappy." Whate'er the course, the end is the renown. [Exe. Count. So he is. My lord, that's gone, made SCENE V.-Rousillon. A room in the Countess's remains here, which he thinks is a patent for his
himself much sport out of him : by his authority he Palace. Enter Countess, Laseu, and Clown. sauciness; and, indeed, he has no pace, but runs
Laf. No, no, no, your son was misled with a where he will. snipi-taffeta fellow there ; whose villanous saffron? Laf. I like him well: 'tis not amiss: and I was would have made all the unbaked and doughy about to tell you, since I heard of the good lady's youth of a nation in his colour: your daughter-in-death, and that my lord your son was upon his relaw had been alive at this hour; and your son turn home, I moved the king my master, to speak here at home, more advanced by the king, than by in the behalf of my daughter; which, in the minothat red-tailed humble-bec I speak of.
rity of them both, his majesty, out of a self-graCount. I would, I had not known him! it was cious remembrance, did first propose : his highthe death of the most virtuous gentlewoman, that ness hath promised me to do it: and, to stop up ever nature had praise for creating : if she had par- the displeasure he hath conceived against your son, taken of my flesh, and cost me the dearest groans there is no sitter matter. How docs your ladyship of a mother, I could not have owed her a more like it? rooted love.
Count. With very much content, my lord, and I Laf. 'Twas a good lady, 'twas a good lady: we wish it happily effected. may pick a thousand salads, ere we light on such Laf. His highness comes post from Marseilles, another herb.
of as able body as when he numbered thirty; he Clo. Indeed, sir, she was the sweet-marjoram or will be here to-morrow, or I am deceived by him the salad, or, rather the herb of grace.
that in such intelligence hath seldom failed. Laf. They are not salad-herbs, you knave, they Count. It rejoices me, that I hope I shall see him are nose-herbs.
ere I die. I have letters, that my son will be here Clo. I am no great Nebuchadnezzar, sir, I have to-night: I shall beseech your lordship, to remain not much skill in grass.
with me till they meet together. Laf. Whether dost thou profess thyself; a knave, Laf. Madam, I was thinking, with what manof a fool ?
ners I might safely be admitted. Clo. A fool, sir, at a woman's service, and a Count. You need but plead your honourable knave at a man's.
privilege. Laf. Your distinction ?
Laf. Lady, of that I have made a bold charter ; Clo. I would cozen the man of his wife, and do but, I thank my God, it holds yct. his service.
Re-enter Clown. Laf. So you were a knave at his service, indeed.
Clo. O madam, yonder's my lord your son with Clo. And I would give his wife my bauble, sir, a patch of velvet on's face: whether there be a scar to do her service.
under it, or no, the velvet knows; but'tis a goodly Laf. I will subscribe for thee; thou art both patch of velvet: his left check is a check of two knave and fool.
pile and a half, but his right check is worn bare. Clo. At your service.
Laf. A scar nobly got, or a noble scar, is a good Laf. No, no, no.
livery of honour; so, belike, is that. Clo. Why, sir, if I cannot serve you, I can serve
Clo. But it is your carbonadoede face. as great a prince as you are.
Laf. Let us go see your son, I pray you; I long Laf. Who's that ?'a Frenchman ?
to talk with the young noble soldier. clo. Faith, sir, he has an English name : but his
Clo. 'Faith, there's a dozen of'em, with delicato phisnomy is more hotter in France, than there.
fine hats, and most courteous seathers, which bow Laf. What prince is that?
the head, and nod at every man. (Exeunt. Clo. The black prince, sir, alias, the prince of darkness; alias, the devil. Laf: Hold thee, there's my purse: I give thee
ACT V. not this to suggest thee from thy master thou talkest of; serve him still.
SCENE 1.- Marseilles, 1 streel. Enter Helena, Clo. I am a woodland fellow, sir, that always Widow, and Diana, with two altendants. loved a great fire ; and the master I speak of, ever keeps a good fire. But, sure, he is the prince of Must wear your spirits low: we cannot help it ;
Hel. But this exceeding posting, day and night, the world, let his nobility remain in his court. But, since you have made the days and nights as am for the house with the narrow gate, which I take to be too little for pomp to enter : some, that to wear your gentle limbs in my affairs,
one, humble themselves, may ; but the many will be too Be bold, you do so grow in my requital, chill and tender; and they'll be for the flowery way, As nothing can unroot you. In happy time; that leads to the broad gate, and the great fire. Laf. Go thy ways, I begin to be a-weary of thee;
Enter a gentle Astringer." and I tell thee so before, because I would not fall This man may help me to his majesty's ear, out with thee. Go thy ways; let my horses be If he would spend his power.—God save you, sir. well looked to, without any tricks.
Gent. And you. Clo. If I put any tricks upon 'em, sir, they shall Hel. Sir, I have seen you in the court of France.
Gent. I have been sometimes there. (1) End.
(2) There was a fashion of using yellow starch (5) Mischievously unhappy, waggish. for bands and rules, to which Lafeu alludes. (6) Scotched like a piece of meat for the gridiron. (3) i. e. Rue. (4) Seduce.
(7) A gentleman Falconer.
Hel. I do presume, sir, that you are not fallen loo late to pare her nails now. Wherein have you From the report that goes upon your goodness; played the knave with fortune, that she should And therefore, goaded with inost sharp occasions, scratch you, who of herself is a good lady, and Which lay nice manners by, I put you to
would not have knaves thrive long under her? The use of your own virtues, for the which There's a quart d'ecu for you: Let the justices I shall continue thankful.
make you and fortune friends; I am for other busiGent.
What's your will ? Hel. That it will please you
Par. I beseech your honour, to hear me one sinTo give this poor petition to the king;
gle word. And aid me with that store of power you have, Laf. You beg a single penny more : come, you To come into his presence.
shall ha't ; save your word.' Gent. The king's not here.
Par. My namc, my good lord, is Parolles, Hel.
Not here, sir ? Laf. You beg more ihan one word, then.-Cos' Gent.
Not, indeed; my passion! give me your hand:-How does your He hence remov'd last night, and with more haste drum ? Than is his use.
Par. O my good lord, you were the first that Wid.
Lord, how we lose our pains ! found me. Hel. All's well that ends well; yet;
Laf. Was I, in sooth ? and I was the first that Though time scem so advérse, and means unfit.- lost ihec. I do besecchi you, whither is he gone?
Par. It lies in you, my lord, 10 bring me in Gent. Marry, as I like it, to Rousillon; some grace, for you did bring me out. Whither I am going.
Laf: Out upon thee, hnave! dost thou put upon Hel.
I do beseech you, sir, me at once both the oflice of God and the devil? Since you are like to see the king before me, one brings thee in grace, and the other brings thee Cominend the paper to his gracious hand; out. | Trumpets sound.] The king's coming, I know Which, I presume, shall render you no blame, by his trumpets.-Sirrah, inquire further atter me; But rather make you thank your pains for it: I had talk of you last night: though you are a fool I will come after you, with what good specd and a knave, you shall eat; go to, follow. Our means will make us means.
Par. I praise God for you.
This l'll do for
you. Hel. And you shall find yourself to be well SCENE III.— The same. A room in the Coun
toss's Palace, Flourish. thunk'd,
Enter King, Coun Whate'er falls more.-We must to horse again;
tess, Laleu, Lords, Gentlemen, guards, &c. Go, go, provide.
[Creunt. king. We lost a jewel of her; and our esteem
Was made much poorer by it: but your son, SCENE 11.-Rousillon. The inner court of the As mud in fully, lach'd the sense to know Countess's Palace. Enter Clown and Parolles.
Her estimation home. Par. Good monsicur Lavatch, give my lord Lafeu Cout.
'Tis past, my licge this letter : I have ere now, sir, been better known And I besprch your majesty to make it to you, when I have held familiarity with fresher Natural rebellion, done i'the blaze of youth; clothes; but I am now, sir, mudried in fortune's When oil and fire, too strong for reason's force, moal, and sinell somewhat strong of her strong O'erbears it, and burns on. displeasure,
My honour'd lads, Clo. Truly, fortunc's displeasure is but sluttish, I have forgiven and forgotten all; if it smell so sirong as thou speakest of: I will Thoushiny revenges were liglı bent upon him, henceforth cat no lish of fortune's buttering. And wuici'd the time to shoot. Pr’ythce, allow the wind.
This I must say, Par. Nay, you need not stop your nosc, sir; I But first I bry my pardon,-The young lord spake but by a metaphor.
Dial to luis majesty, his mother, and his lady, Clo. Indecu, sir, il your metaphor stink, I will onlinee of möhty nole; but to himself stop my nose; or against any man's metaphor.- The greatest wrong of all: he lost a wife, Prythec, get thee further.
11hose beauty did astonish the survey Par. Pray you, sir, deliver me this paper. forrichest cyes;whose words allcars took captive,
Clo. Foh, prythee, stand away; A paper from Whose dear perfection, hearts that scorn'd to serve, fortune's closc-stool to give to a nobleman! Look, Dunbly call'd mistress. here he comes himself.
Praising what is lost,
Makes the remembrance dear. Well, call him Enter Laseu.
hither; Here is a pur of fortune's, sir, or of fortune's cat, We are reconcil'd, and the first vicw shall kill (but not a musk-cat,) that has fallen into the un- All repetition:s-Let him not ask our pardon; clean fishpond of her displeasure, and, as he says, The nature of his great offence is dead, is muddied withal: Pray you, sir, use the carp as And deeper than oblivion do we bury you may; for he looks like a poor, decayed, inge- The incensing relies of it: let him approach, nivus, foolish, rascally knave. I do pity his dis- A stranger, no offender; and inform him, tress in my smiles of comfort, and leave him to So 'tis our will he should. your lordship.
I shall, my lieve. Par. My lord, I am a man whom fortune hath
(Erit Gentleman. cruelly scratched.
King. What says he to your daughter? have Laf. And what would you have me to do ? 'tis you spoke? (1) You necd not ask ;-here it is,
and to have nothing, is to hare rich eyes and poor Reckoning or estimate,
hands.' Completely, in its full extent.
.(5) i. e. The first interview shall put an end te So in As you like it :-o have seen muchlall recollection of the past.
Laf. All that he is hath reference to your high-¡Of what should stead her most?
My gracious sovereign, King. Then shall we have a match. I have Howe'er it pleases you to take it so, letters sent me,
The ring was never hers. That set him high in fame.
Son, on my life,
I have scen her wear it; and she reckon'd'it
At her lisc's rate.
I am sure, I saw her wear it. king. I am not a day of season,'
Ber. You are deceiv'd, my lord, she never saw it. For thou may'st see a sunshine and a hail
In Florence was it from a cascment thrown me, In me at once: But to the brightest bcams Wrapp'd in a paper, which contain’d the name Distracted clouds give way; so stand thou forth, or her that threw it: noble she was, and thought The time is fair again.
I stood ingag'd:3 but when I had subscrib'd Ber.
My high-repented blames,? To mine own fortune, and inform'd her fully, Dear sovereign, pardon to me.
I could not answer in that course of honour
All is whole; As she had made the overture, she ceas'd,
That knows the tinct and multiplying medicine, Steils ere we can effect them: You remember Hath not in nature's mystery nore science, The daughter of this lord ?
Than I have in this ring: 'twas mine, 'twas Helcu's, Ber. Adıniringly, my licge: at first
Whocver gave it you: Then, if you know I stuck my choice upon her, ere my heart That you are well acquainted with yourself, Durst make too bold a herald of my tongue: Confess 'lwas hiers, and by what rough enforceWhere the impression of mine eye enfixing,
ment Contempt his scornful perspective did lend me, You got it from her: she callid the saints to surety, Which warp'd the line of cvery other favour; That she would never put it from her finger, Scorn'd a fair colour, or express'd it stol'n; Unless she gave it to yourself in bed, Extended or contracted all proportions,
(Where you have never come,) or scnt it us To a most hideous object: Thence it camc, Upon her great disaster. That she, whom all men prais'd, and whom myself, Ber.
She never saw it. Since I have lost, have lov'd, was in inine cye king. Thou speak’st it falsely, as I love mine The dus, that did oflend it.
honour; King. .
Well excus'd: And mak'st conjectural fears to come into me, That ihou didst love her, strikes some scores away Which I would rain shut out: If it should prove From the great compt: But love, that comes too late, That thou art so inhuman, twill not prove so:Like a remorseful pardon slowly carried,
And yet I know not :--thou didst hate her deadly, To the great sender turns a sour offence,
And she is dead; which nothing, but to close Crying, That's good that's gone: our rash faults, ller eyes mysell, could win me to believe, Mile trivial price of serious things we have, More than io sce this ring.---Tale lun away.Not knowing them, until we know their grave:
(Guards siize Bertram. On our displeasures, to ourselves injust, My forc-past proofs, howe'er the matier fall, Destroy our friends, and alicr weep Their dust : Shall tax iny lears of little vanity, Our own love waking cries to see what's done, Ilaving vain!y fear'd too little.-Away with him ;While shameful hate slecps out the afternoon. We'll sist this matter further. Be this street Helen's knell, and now forvet her. Bor.
Il you shall prove Send forth your amorous token for fair Maudlin: This ring was ever hers, you shall as easy The main consents are had; and here we'll stay Prove that I husbanded her bed in Florence, To see our widower's second inarria ze-day, Where yet she never was. (Exit Ber. guarded. Count. Which better than the first, ( dear heaven, bless!
Enter a Gentleman. Or, ere they meci, in mo, nature, ccare!
King. I am wrapp'd in dismal thinkings. Laf. Come on, my son, in whom my house's name Gal.
Gracious sovereign, Musi be digested, give a favour from you, Whether I have been to blame, or no, I know not; To sparkle in the spirits of my daughter, Here's a petition from a Florentine, That she may quickly conr.---By my old beard, l'ho ha!h, for four or five reinores, short And every hair that's on't, Helent
, that's dead, To tender it herself. I undertook it, Was a sweet creature; such a ring as this, Vanquish'd therein by the fair grace and specch The last that e'er I took her leave at court, of the poor suppliant, who by this, I know, I saw upon her finger.
Is here attending : her business looks in her Ber.
Hors it was not. With an importins visage ; and she told me, King. Now, pray you, let me see it; for mine in a sweet verbal brief, it did concern eye,
Your highness with herself. While I was speaking, oft was fastened to't.- King. (Reads.). Upon his many protestations to This ring was inine; and, when I gave it Helen, marry me, when his wife was dead, I blush to say it, I bade her, if her fortunes ever stood
he con me, Now is the count Rousillon a wideoNecessitied to help, that by this token
er; his vous are forfriled to me, and my honour's I would relieve her: Had you that crast, to rcave her paid to him. He stole from Florence, taking no
leave, and I follow hiin to his country for justice : (1) i. e. Of uninterrupted rain. (2) Faults repented of to the utmost,
(5) i. e. That you have the proper consciousness (3) In the sense of unengaged,
of your own actions. (4) The philosopher's stone.
Granl il nie, 0 king; in you it best lies; otherwise Confcrr’d by testament to the sequent issue, & seducer flourishes, and a poor maid is undone. Hath it been ow'd and worn. This is his wife ;
DIANA CAPULET. That ring's a thousand proofs. Laf. I will buy me a son-in-law in a fair, and
Methought, you said toll him :' for this, I'll none of him.
You saw one here in court could witness it. King. The heavens have thought well on thee,
Dia. I did, my lord, but loath am to produce Lafeu,
So bad an instrument; his name's Parolles. To bring forth this discovery.--Seck thesc suitors:
Laf. I saw the man to-day, if man he be. Go, speedily, and bring again the count.
King. Find him, and bring him hither. (Exemt Gentleman, and some attendants. He's quoted for a most perfidious slave;
What of him? I am aseard, the life of Helen, lady, Was foully snatch'd.
With all the spots o’the world tas'd and deboshid,
Am I or that, or this, for what he'll utter,
That will speak any thing?
She hath that ring of yours you,
Ber. I think, she has : certain it is, I lik'd lier And that you fly them as you swear them lordship, And boarded her i' the wanton way of youth: Yet you desire to marry.—What woman's that? She knew her distance, and did angle for me,
Madding my eagerness with her restrains, Re-enter Gentleman, with Widow and Diana.
As all impediments in fancy's' course Dia. I am, my lord, a wretched Florentine, Are motives of more fancy; and, in fine, Derived from the ancient Capulet;
Her insuit coming with her modern grace My suit, as I do understand, you know, Subdued me to her rate: she got the ring, And therefore know how far I may be piticd. And I had that, which any inferior might
Wid. I am her mother, sir, whose age and honour At market price have bought. Both suffer under this complaint we bring,
I must be patient And both shall cease, without your remedy. You, that turn'd off a first so noble wife, King. Come hither, count. Do you know these May justly diet me.' I pray you yet, women ?
(Since you lack virtue, I will lose a husband,) Ber. My lord, I neither can, nor will deny Send for your ring, I will return it home, But that I know them: Do they charge me further? And give me mine again. Dia. Why do you look so strange upon your wise?
I have it not. Ber. She's none of mine, my lord.
King. What ring was yours, I pray you? Dia. If you shall marry, Dia.
Sir, much like You give away this hand, and that is mine; The same upon your finger. You give away heaven's vows, and those are mine; King. Know you this ring? this ring was his of You give away myself, which is known mine;
late. For I by vow am so embodied yours,
Dia. And this was it I gave him, being a-bed. That she which marries you, must marry me, King. The story then goes falsc, you threw it hin Either both, or none.
Out of a casement. Laf. Your reputation (To Bertram.) comes too Dia.
I have spoke the truth. short for my daughter, you are no husband for her. Ber. My lord, this is a fond and desperate crea
Enler Parolles. ture,
Ber. My lord, I do confess the ring was hers. Whom sometime I have laughed with ; let your King. You boggle shrewdly, every leather starts highness
you.-Lay a more noble thought upon mine honour, Is this the man you speak of? Than for to think that I would sink it here.
Dia. Ay, my lord. King. Sir, for my thoughts, you have them ill to King. Tell me, sirrah, but tell me true, I charge friend,
you, Till your deeds gain them: Faircr prove your Not fearing the displeasure of your master honour,
(Which, on your just proceeding, I'll kcep off,) Than in my thought it lics !
By him, and by this woman here, what know you? Dia.
Good my lord, *Par. So please your majesty, my master hath Ask him upon his oath, if he does think
been an honourable gentleman; tricks he hath had He had not my virginity.
in him, which gentlemen have. King. What say'st thou to her ?
King. Come, come, to the purpose: Did he love Ber.
She's impudent, my lord; this woman?
Dia. He does me wrong, my lord; if I were so, King. How, I pray you ?
King. How is that ?
Par. He loved her, sir, and loved her not. He gave it to a commoner o' the camp,
King. As thou art a knave, and no knare:If I be one.
What an equivocal companion'o is this? Count. He blushes, and 'tis it:
Par. I am a poor man, and at your majesty's or six preceding ancestors, that gem
command. (1) Pay toll for him. (2) Decease, dic. (7) Love's.
(3) Gamester, when applied to a female, then is Her solicitation concurring with her appear meant a common woman.
ance of being common. (4) Value. (5) Noted. (6) Debauched. (9) May justly make me fast. (10) Fellow.