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In Sicilia, King Leontes attempts to persuade his boyhood friend, King Polixenes of Bohemia, to extend his nine-month visit. Polixenes objects, stating that he has pressing business at home. Leontes then requests that his wife Hermione intercede. At the pregnant Hermione's insistence, Polixenes agrees to stay. Leontes then reveals that he believes Hermione and Polixenes to be secretly having an affair. After questioning his advisor Camillo about his suspicions, which Camillo does not believe, Leontes orders Camillo to poison Polixenes. Camillo agrees, but later informs Polixenes of Leontes's plot instead. Polixenes assures Camillo that in Bohemia, the Sicilian lord would enjoy the same status and privileges he now knows, and Camillo agrees to guide Polixenes and his entourage out of Sicilia.
Leontes learns that Camillo has betrayed him and Polixenes has fled. The report fuels Leontes's jealous rage. He confronts Hermione, accusing her of adultery. Leontes removes Mamillius from... View more of the The Winter's Tale Summary
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