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Pericles, Prince of Tyre Act 5, Scene 1

By William Shakespeare

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Act 5, Scene 1

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  • Cut to Pericles's ship, which has just landed off the coast of Meteline.
  • Lysimachus takes a small boat out to greet Pericles's entourage and welcome them to the city.
  • Since Pericles hasn't spoken to anyone for the last three months, Helicanus chats up the Governor and tells him that Pericles is bummed about losing his daughter.
  • Lysimachus thinks he knows just the girl who can cheer up Pericles. Gee. We wonder who it is.
  • The next thing we know, Marina shows up and asks to speak with Pericles. Hoping to cheer him up, she starts to tell him her own sad story.
  • Pericles says Marina kind of reminds him of his dead wife and asks her about her family background.
  • Marina tells Pericles her name. She says that she's the daughter of a king and was born at sea.
  • Pericles is totally stunned. Family reunion.
  • Pericles can't believe what's happening, so he starts grilling Marina and asking her a bunch of questions.
  • Now Pericles is absolutely exhausted. Eventually, he falls into a deep sleep.
  • In his dreams, the goddess Diana tells Pericles to get to her temple in Ephesus ASAP. When he gets there, she wants him to go to the altar and tell his life story. (You remember who's chilling atthe temple in Ephesus, right?)
  • Pericles wakes up and announces that he's going on a road trip, but first he wants a hot shower and a nice meal.
  • As they head to shore, Lysimachus pulls Pericles aside and says he wants to talk to him about something.
  • Pericles guesses that Lysimachus wants to marry his daughter and gives the dude permission right then and there.
  • (We wonder what Pericles would have said if he knew Lysimachus used to spend all his time and money at brothels before Marina converted him. Then again, this play is all about transformation and forgiveness, so who knows.)

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