Ephesus. A room in Cerimon’s house.
Thaisa, whose memory of events on the ship is weak, believes that Pericles is dead, and tells Cerimon she wishes to take the vows of a vestal. He agrees to send her to the nearby temple of Diana, along with a niece of his. (18 lines)
Enter Cerimon and Thaisa.
Madam, this letter and some certain jewels
Lay with you in your coffer, which are
At your command. Know you the character?
It is my lord’s.
That I was shipp’d at sea I well remember,
Even on my eaning time, but whether there
Delivered, by the holy gods
I cannot rightly say. But since King Pericles,
My wedded lord, I ne’er shall see again,
A vestal livery will I take me to,
And never more have joy.
Madam, if this you purpose as ye speak,
Diana’s temple is not distant far,
Where you may abide till your date expire.
Moreover if you please a niece of mine
Shall there attend you.
My recompense is thanks, that’s all,
Yet my good will is great, though the gift small.