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Navigate this workPericles
Act 1, scene 3
Thaliard arrives in Tyre to find Pericles gone.Enter Thaliard alone.
⌜THALIARD⌝ 0355 So this is Tyre, and this the court. Here
0356 must I kill King Pericles; and if I do it not, I am
p. 310357 sure to be hanged at home. ’Tis dangerous. Well, I
0358 perceive he was a wise fellow and had good discretion
0359 5 that, being bid to ask what he would of the
0360 king, desired he might know none of his secrets.
0361 Now do I see he had some reason for ’t, for if a
0362 king bid a man be a villain, he’s bound by the
0363 indenture of his oath to be one. Husht! Here
0364 10 comes the lords of Tyre.⌜He steps aside.⌝
Enter Helicanus ⌜and⌝ Escanes, with other Lords.
0365 You shall not need, my fellow peers of Tyre,
0366 Further to question me of your king’s departure.
0367 His sealed commission left in trust with me
0368 Does speak sufficiently he’s gone to travel.
THALIARD, ⌜aside⌝ 0369 15How? The King gone?
0370 If further yet you will be satisfied
0371 Why, as it were, unlicensed of your loves
0372 He would depart, I’ll give some light unto you.
0373 Being at Antioch—
THALIARD, ⌜aside⌝ 0374 20What from Antioch?
0375 Royal Antiochus, on what cause I know not,
0376 Took some displeasure at him—at least he judged so;
0377 And doubting lest he had erred or sinned,
0378 To show his sorrow, he’d correct himself;
0379 25 So puts himself unto the shipman’s toil,
0380 With whom each minute threatens life or death.
THALIARD, ⌜aside⌝ 0381 Well, I perceive I shall not be hanged
0382 now, although I would; but since he’s gone, the
0383 King’s ⌜ears it⌝ must please. He ’scaped the land to
0384 30 perish at the sea. I’ll present myself.—Peace to the
0385 lords of Tyre!
0386 Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome.
p. 33THALIARD 0387 From him I come with message unto princely
0388 Pericles, but since my landing I have understood
0389 35 your lord has ⌜betook⌝ himself to unknown travels.
0390 Now message must return from whence it came.
HELICANUS 0391 We have no reason to desire it,
0392 Commended to our master, not to us.
0393 Yet ere you shall depart, this we desire:
0394 40 As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre.