• A prison.
    Enter PAULINA, a Gentleman, and Attendants

    PAULINA

    The keeper of the prison, call to him;
    let him have knowledge who I am.
    Exit Gentleman
    Good lady,
    No court in Europe is too good for thee;
    5What dost thou then in prison?
    Re-enter Gentleman, with the Gaoler
    Now, good sir,
    You know me, do you not?

    GAOLER

    For a worthy lady
    And one whom much I honour.

    PAULINA

    10Pray you then,
    Conduct me to the queen.

    GAOLER

    I may not, madam:
    To the contrary I have express commandment.

    PAULINA

    Here’s ado,
    15To lock up honesty and honour from
    The access of gentle visitors!
    Is’t lawful, pray you,
    To see her women? any of them? Emilia?

    GAOLER

    So please you, madam,
    20To put apart these your attendants, I
    Shall bring Emilia forth.
  • A prison.
    PAULINA, a gentleman, and attendants enter.

    PAULINA

    Call the prison overseer. Tell him who I am.
    The gentleman exits.
    No court in Europe is good enough for you, good lady, so why are you in prison?
    The gentleman re-enters, with the Jailer.
    Good sir, you know me, don’t you?

    JAILER

    I know you as a worthy woman and one I have great respect for.

    PAULINA

    Please, then, take me to the queen.

    JAILER

    I can’t, madam. I have explicit orders not to.

    PAULINA

    Such a fuss just to keep kind visitors from seeing such an honest and honorable lady! Am I allowed to see her attendants? Any of them? Emilia?

    JAILER

    If you would please send away your attendants, I’ll bring out Emilia.