Act II, Scene II-Detailed Summary of Winter's Tales: "Winter's Tales" by William Shakespeare
Paulina, wife of Antigonus, visits the prison to meet the queen but she is not allowed to see her. She agitates but to no avail. She is allowed merely to meet Emilia, an attendant of the queen. Emilia tells the lady that the queen has given birth to a baby girl. She requests the queen to give him the child so that she may persuade the king with the innocence of the child to let go the queen:
"The silence often of pure innocence
Persuades when speaking fails".
She assures the gaoler of no harm if someone finds out that she took the baby out.