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despair
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The Winter's Tale
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  • Do not repent these things; for they are heavier Than all thy woes can stir; therefore betake thee To nothing but despair.
  • —There have been, Or I am much deceiv’d, cuckolds ere now; And many a man there is, even at this present, Now while I speak this, holds his wife by the arm That little thinks she has been sluic’d in his absence, And his pond fish’d by his next neighbour, by Sir Smile, his neighbour; nay, there’s comfort in’t, Whiles other men have gates, and those gates open’d, As mine, against their will: should all despair That hath revolted wives, the tenth of mankind Would hang themselves.

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  • Don’t despair—help is on the way!
  • Don’t give in to despair.

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