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Pericles, Prince of Tyre Act 2, Scene 4

By William Shakespeare

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Act 2, Scene 4

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  • Back in Tyre, Helicanus and a dude named Escanes gossip about King Antiochus, the guy who's been sleeping with his daughter and trying to have Pericles killed.
  • Apparently, the dirty daddy-daughter duo was out joyriding in their chariot when they got hit by abolt of fire from heaven.
  • The bodies were burnt to a crisp and are now so stinky that nobody wants to bury them.
  • Helicanus is all, "That's what they get."
  • Now a bunch of lords come in and complain that Pericles has been gone too long. They're worried that he's dead.
  • They want Helicanus to be their official leader because they feel vulnerable without one.
  • Helicanus convinces the lords to wait twelve more months for Pericles before making any hasty decisions.

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