• A chapel in PAULINA’S house.
    Enter LEONTES, POLIXENES, FLORIZEL, PERDITA, CAMILLO, PAULINA, Lords, and Attendants

    LEONTES

    O grave and good Paulina, the great comfort
    That I have had of thee!

    PAULINA

    What, sovereign sir,
    I did not well I meant well. All my services
    5You have paid home: but that you have vouchsafed,
    With your crown’d brother and these your contracted
    Heirs of your kingdoms, my poor house to visit,
    It is a surplus of your grace, which never
    My life may last to answer.

    LEONTES

    10O Paulina,
    We honour you with trouble: but we came
    To see the statue of our queen: your gallery
    Have we pass’d through, not without much content
    In many singularities; but we saw not
    15That which my daughter came to look upon,
    The statue of her mother.

    PAULINA

    As she lived peerless,
    So her dead likeness, I do well believe,
    Excels whatever yet you look’d upon
    20Or hand of man hath done; therefore I keep it
    Lonely, apart. But here it is: prepare
    To see the life as lively mock’d as ever
    Still sleep mock’d death: behold, and say ’tis well.
  • A chapel in PAULINA’S house.
    LEONTES, POLIXENES, FLORIZEL, PERDITA, CAMILLO, and PAULINA enter, along with lords and attendants.

    LEONTES

    Oh, serious and good Paulina, you have given me great comfort.

    PAULINA

    Sir, even if I didn’t always succeed in doing well, I always meant well. You’ve repaid all my services. The fact that you’ve vowed to visit my poor house with your royal brother and the heirs of each of your kingdoms shows your immense grace, which I’ll never be able to repay.

    LEONTES

    Oh, Paulina, we honor you by disturbing you. But we came to see the statue of my queen. We’ve passed through your gallery, which has many amazing items, but we didn’t see what my daughter came to see: the statue of her mother.

    PAULINA

    Just as she was without peer in life, I believe that her dead statue is more beautiful that anything you’ve seen or that man has created. So I keep it apart from the others. But here it is. Prepare to see life mimicked as well as sleep mimics death. Look, and say it is beautiful.