I know no ways to mince it in
love, but directly to say, “I love you.” Then if you urge me
farther than to say, “Do you, in faith?” I wear out my suit.
Give me your answer, i’ faith, do; and so clap hands and a
bargain. How say you, lady?
You wouldn’t have expected it based on how he acted as a youth. But no
sooner had his father stopped breathing than the prince’s wildness died
too. Really, at that precise moment he gained a capacity for reflection,
which appeared like an angel to chase away the sinful part of him,
leaving his body like a paradise, fit to house only lofty thoughts and
By so much shall I falsify men’s hopes;
And, like bright metal on a sullen ground,
My reformation, glitt'ring o'er my fault,
Shall show more goodly and attract more eyes
Than that which hath no foil to set it off.
Prince’s soliloquy, Henry IV, Part One, Act 1, Scene 2