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Pericles, Prince of Tyre Act 3, Prologue

By William Shakespeare

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Act 3, Prologue

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  • Gower comes out on stage and tells us the following: 1) Pericles and Thaisa got hitched and had an awesome honeymoon, and 2) Thaisa is totally preggers.
  • Then we see another dumb show: a messenger gives a letter to Pericles, who shows it to his pregnant wife and hisfather-in-law. They all start jumping for joy, and the happy couple takes off somewhere.
  • Now Gower chimes in and tells us that Pericles got word from Tyre that wicked Antiochus is (burnt) toast, so nowPericles can go back home and rule Tyre again. Plus, Thaisa is totally psyched to find out that her new hubby has his own kingdom.
  • Then we get some bad news: Gower tells us the happy couple set sail and ran into some nasty weather.
  • Right now, at this very moment, their ship's getting tossed around the ocean, and Thaisa has gone into labor...

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