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Essay by Cynthia Marshall

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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 384 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780671722593 | 
  • June 2003
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Scene 1

Enter two Gentlemen.


You do not meet a man but frowns. Our bloods

No more obey the heavens than our courtiers'

Still seem as does the King's.

SECOND GENTLEMAN But what's the matter?


His daughter, and the heir of 's kingdom, whom

He purposed to his wife's sole son -- a widow

That late he married -- hath referred herself

Unto a poor but worthy gentleman. She's wedded,

Her husband banished, she imprisoned. All

Is outward sorrow, though I think the King

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