Act V, Scene I-Detailed Summary of Winter's Tales: "Winter's Tales" by William Shakespeare



Scene I



We see Leontes, Paulina, Dion, Cleomenes and servants in the room of palace. Paulina is reminding the king that he killed the most precious queen while the latter two are advocating the remarriage of the king. Paulina reminds him of the prophecy that the king shall remain heirless unless he finds his lost daughter.

A servant enters and informs of the arrival of Florizel but he also narrate the description of the princely. The king is wise enough to guess:

"Tis not a visitation framed, but forced
By need and accident."

All the people are amazed by the beauty of Perdita there. A gentleman goes onto say:

"Women will love her, that she is a woman
More worth than any man; men, that she is
The rarest of all women."

While the king is receiving the prince, a lord enters and reveals the true identity of the prince and Perdita. He also tells that they have fled Bohemia and the king of Bohemia is on his way to Sicilia. The king assures him safety .


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