Tudor Dialect Exercises

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MALE:

Good madam, make haste! Run for thy life! I have seen a great dragon in the sky, and he doth swoop hither, shrewdly!

FEMALE:

Where, a dragon?

MALE:

Aye, a dragon! A colossal dragon, with purple wings, great, threatening jaws, and a devilish blue flame spewing forth from his nostrils!

FEMALE:

Marry, sir, methinks thou art besotted! I know not what manner of spirits could have so befuddled thy brains, but I'll none of 'em, I warrant thee.

MALE:

By my troth, my lady, I am dry as a dead tree! 'Twas a dragon I saw! I prithee, get thee low, ere it come upon us with a vengeance!

FEMALE:

Ha! An a dragon come here, I'll show him a vengeance as he's ne'er seen in's life, I can tell thee! I fear not thy dragon.

MALE:

Oh ! Thither cometh the monster! Fly, madam, ere thou becomest a dragon's dinner!

FEMALE:

Whither away, rogue? There be no dragon! Fie, what a cowardly peasant! Dragon! I see no dragon! I scorn thy dragon!

MALE:

Aye, scorn him, still, 'til he hath given thee a grand tour of his innards! (He flies.)

FEMALE:

A pox on thee for a foul fiend! Fie on thy dragon and thyself! Dragon, indeed!

 

(Here she turneth and steppeth into waiting dragon's mouth. He swalloweth her.)

DRAGON:

Burp!


Vocabulary Used:

Tudor Word

Modern Translation

Hither

here

Besotted

Drunk

Shrewdly

Violently

Befuddled

Confused

From's

From his

Dry

Sober

By my troth

On my honor, truly

Whither away

Where are you going?

An

If

Thither

There

In's

In his

Pox

Syphilis


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