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Pericles
Act 3, scene 3

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The nautical tale of a wandering prince, Pericles is narrated by John Gower, a poet from the English past. Gower explains that…

Act 1, 1 chorus

Gower sets the stage for Pericles’ entrance at Antioch by telling of the incest between Antiochus and his daughter, whom…

Act 1, scene 1

Pericles risks his life to win the hand of Antiochus’s daughter, but, in meeting the challenge, he learns of the…

Act 1, scene 2

Back in his kingdom of Tyre, Pericles, fearing the power of Antiochus, sets sail once again.

Act 1, scene 3

Thaliard arrives in Tyre to find Pericles gone.

Act 1, scene 4

In Tarsus, King Cleon, Queen Dionyza, and the citizens of the country, dying of hunger, are saved by Pericles and…

Act 2, 2 chorus

Gower tells of Pericles’ departure from Tarsus and of the storm that destroys his ships and men and tosses him…

Act 2, scene 1

Fishermen in Pentapolis provide the shipwrecked Pericles with clothing and then pull his armor from the sea. They agree to…

Act 2, scene 2

At the court, Pericles and other knights present their shields to Princess Thaisa, and Pericles wins the tournament.

Act 2, scene 3

Simonides and Thaisa separately express their admiration for “the stranger knight.”

Act 2, scene 4

In Tyre, Helicanus recounts the awful deaths of Antiochus and his daughter. He then agrees to accept the crown twelve…

Act 2, scene 5

King Simonides, learning that Thaisa loves Pericles, pretends to be angry, but then reveals his pleasure at their mutual love.

Act 3, 3 chorus

Gower picks up the story on the night after Pericles and Thaisa’s wedding and carries it forward through Thaisa’s becoming…

Act 3, scene 1

In the storm, Thaisa dies in giving birth and her body is cast into the sea. To save the baby,…

Act 3, scene 2

The body of Thaisa washes ashore in Ephesus, where she is revived by a physician named Lord Cerimon.

Act 3, scene 3

Pericles leaves the infant, Marina, in the care of Cleon and Dionyza and sails for Tyre.

Act 3, scene 4

In Ephesus, Thaisa decides to become a votaress at the temple of Diana.

Act 4, 4 chorus

Gower carries the story forward fourteen years, focusing on the young Marina. Her beauty and talents arouse murderous hatred in…

Act 4, scene 1

Dionyza’s hired murderer, Leonine, is prevented from murdering Marina by pirates, who carry her away to their ship.

Act 4, scene 2

Marina is sold by the pirates to a brothel in Mytilene.

Act 4, scene 3

Dionyza, after Leonine has (falsely) reported Marina’s death, now justifies her actions to a horrified Cleon.

Act 4, scene 4

Gower tells of Pericles’ arrival in Tarsus, his learning of Marina’s death, and his vow of perpetual mourning.

Act 4, scene 5

In Mytilene, Marina preserves her virginity through eloquent pleas to her potential customers. We see the effect on two such…

Act 4, scene 6

Lysimachus, the governor of Mytilene, arrives at the brothel and is so moved (or shamed) by Marina’s eloquence that he…

Act 5, 5 chorus

Gower describes Marina’s success in Mytilene and tells of Pericles’ ship landing on Mytilene’s shores.

Act 5, scene 1

Lysimachus visits Pericles’ ship and sends for Marina, whose music he thinks will revive the grief-stricken king. When Marina tells…

Act 5, scene 2

Gower tells of the celebrations for Pericles in Mytilene and of the betrothal of Marina and Lysimachus.

Act 5, scene 3

At Diana’s temple in Ephesus, Thaisa recognizes Pericles as her husband and is reunited with him and with her daughter.

Act 5, epilogue

Gower reflects on the now-completed story and tells the fate of Cleon and Dionyza.

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Scene 3
Enter Pericles, at Tarsus, with Cleon and Dionyza, and
Lychorida with the child.


PERICLES 
 Most honored Cleon, I must needs be gone.
 My twelve months are expired, and Tyrus stands
 In a litigious peace. You and your lady
 Take from my heart all thankfulness. The gods
5 Make up the rest upon you.

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Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 3. SC. 3

CLEON 
 Your shakes of fortune, though they haunt you
 mortally,
 Yet glance full wond’ringly on us.
DIONYZA 
 O, your sweet queen! That the strict Fates had pleased
10 You had brought her hither to have blessed mine
 eyes with her!
PERICLES 
 We cannot but obey the powers above us.
 Could I rage and roar as doth the sea
 She lies in, yet the end must be as ’tis.
15 My gentle babe Marina,
 Whom, for she was born at sea, I have named so,
 Here I charge your charity withal,
 Leaving her the infant of your care,
 Beseeching you to give her princely training,
20 That she may be mannered as she is born.
CLEON Fear not, my lord, but think
 Your Grace, that fed my country with your corn,
 For which the people’s prayers still fall upon you,
 Must in your child be thought on. If neglection
25 Should therein make me vile, the common body,
 By you relieved, would force me to my duty.
 But if to that my nature need a spur,
 The gods revenge it upon me and mine,
 To the end of generation!
PERICLES 30 I believe you.
 Your honor and your goodness teach me to ’t
 Without your vows.—Till she be married, madam,
 By bright Diana, whom we honor, all
 Unscissored shall this hair of mine remain,
35 Though I show ill in ’t. So I take my leave.
 Good madam, make me blessèd in your care
 In bringing up my child.

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Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 3. SC. 4

DIONYZA  I have one myself,
 Who shall not be more dear to my respect
40 Than yours, my lord.
PERICLES  Madam, my thanks and prayers.
CLEON 
 We’ll bring your Grace e’en to the edge o’ th’ shore,
 Then give you up to the maskèd Neptune
 And the gentlest winds of heaven.
PERICLES 
45 I will embrace your offer.—Come, dearest madam.—
 O, no tears, Lychorida, no tears!
 Look to your little mistress, on whose grace
 You may depend hereafter.—Come, my lord.
They exit.