William Shakespeare's Trapped in the Closet, Act I, Scene 1
[A bedchamber. Sylvester lays upon the bed.]
SYLVESTER: Hark! What hour is this? Seven bells! 'Pon my troth, I should be gone to mine own bed hours before. 'Tis the grape of Dinoysus that has brought me to this state!
CATHARINA: Ah, thou art awake!
SYLVESTER: Who is this who enters in such dress? What sins have I commited hence? Get thee from my path, woman, for I must take my leave!
CATHARINA: No, my good lord!
SYLVESTER: Woman, though I have shared thy bed, thy house is not mine own! I depart from thy door, and from thy sight forever.
CATHARINA: Though this house be not yours, mark you well! Its true master doth come upon the stairs!
SYLVESTER: What ho? The window, then!
CATHARINA: Be you a bird? I see no feathers!
SYLVESTER: Fie! Fortune, thou art a slattern.
CATHARINA: Quickly, hide thyself within the closet! Make not the slightest noise, lest violence come upon you!
SYLVESTER: Thou art mad!
CATHARINA: Hark! He comes!
SYLVESTER: [Moves to closet] Hide me well, lest thine own neck be stretched!
RUFUS: My dearest love!
CATHARINA: Noble Rufus! Long have I waited for you to return to my embrace!
RUFUS: And I thine, my love. I' faith, thy form is sweeter in my sight than that of noble Pallas herself.
CATHARINA: And thine own like unto great Hyperion.
SYLVESTER: [Aside] Truly her actions do bespeak a decietful heart, though by Jove I canst scarcely discern the truth myself.
RUFUS: What ho? A sound!
CATHARINA: Nay, my lord! 'Twas merely a mouse!
RUFUS: Aye, a rodent in human shape!
CATHARINA: Pray you, keep thy temper.
RUFUS: Thou hast made a cuckold of me! Villain, I shall seek you out!
RUFUS: Not in the alcove and not hidden 'neath thy wardrobe--aha!
SYLVESTER: [Aside] O damnable fool! [He draws] Woman ever was the downfall of man!
[Rufus throws open the closet door, from which Sylvester emerges]
RUFUS: For thy wanton pleasure, thou took no mouse,
'Tis man, no more, that doth profane my house.