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The Winters Tale In a court of Sicily Lord Archidamus of Bohemia invites Lord Camillo of Sicilia to visit Bohemia when he can They also speak how King Leontes son Mamillius will someday be king Next the king of Bohemia Polixenes says goodbye to the king and queen of Sicilia Leontes and Hermione although they beg him to stay and enjoy himself more in Sicilia Polixenes reminisces with Hermione how he and Leontes had been boyhood friends Eventually she convinces Polixenes to stay in Sicilia making Leontes wonder why she could persuade Polixenes to stay but he could not leading Leontes to complain privately that his wife is flirting with Polixenes too much Leontes tells Camillo of his suspicions that his wife is unfaithful though Camillo tries to change his mind But at length Leontes seems to convince Camillo of Leontes wifes unfaithfulness though privately Camillo still believes Leontes is wrong Camillo asks Leontes to forgive the queen by and by but Leontes states he will not Camillo then approaches Polixenes and warns him he Camillo is to kill him for flirting with Hermione Camillo tells Polixenes he will help his friends and he flee the city then serve under him defecting from Leontes court At the royal court Hermione plays with Mamillius when Leontes enters hearing that Camillo has left with Polixenes Leontes wrongly determines that Camillo had been working for Polixenes for a long time then accuses Hermione of being unfaithful and sends her to prisonalthough she publicly denies all Antigonus and other lords try in vain to change Leontes mind He tells them he has sent a messenger to the oracles Delphos and Apollo to confirm or deny his suspicions At the prison Antigonus wife Paulina comes to visit Hermione but the jailer only lets her see Hermiones lady Emilia Emilia tells her the stress has caused Hermione to go into labor and have a baby girl Paulina convinces Hermione to
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