Bertram woos the widow's daughter, Diana, with success, or so he thinks, and therefore he gives her his family ring as a token of their arranged meeting: • Bertram: It is an honour, 'longing to our house, Bequeathed down from many ancestors, Which were the greatest obloquy i' th' world In me to lose. Diana: Mine honour's such a ring; My chastity's the jewel of our house, Bequeathed down from many ancestors, Which were the greatest obloquy i' th' world In me to lose. (42-50) Diana agrees to let Bertram into her chamber at midnight on condition that he remain absolutely silent during their encounter and that they stay together for one hour only. At that time, she will place another ring on his finger, "that what [which] in time proceeds / May token to the future our past deeds." The language in this scene is bland — Bertram utters cliches, calculated to capture the fancy of a girl
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