bed chamber and takes stock of the room. " Then he approached the bed, and savv that the lady and her young servant were in a deep sleep. He drew the covering off her body, and perceived that she was as beautiful naked as when dressed. He sought for a mark on her body, and at last found under her left breast a small mole, on which were a few golden hairs. And although, as he gazed at her beauty, an irresistible desire came upon him to kiss her and to enjoy her love, he covered her up again carefully, because he feared her anger".
Shakespeare has dealt with the same scene in Cymbeline(l).
Imogen sleeps. Iachimo comes from thetrunk.
Iachimo. " Cytherea,
How bravely thou becoms't tby bed! fresh lily!
And whiter than the sheets! That I might touch!
But kiss; one kiss!—Rubies unparagon'd,
How dearly they do't!—'Tis her breathing that
Perfumes the chamber thus: the flame o' the taper
Bows toward her; and would under-peep her lids,
To see th' enclosèd lights, now canopied
Under these windows, white and azure, lac'd
With blue of heaven's own tinct.—But my design's
To note the chamber: I will write all down :—
Such and such pictures;—there the window;—such
Th' adornment of her bed;—the arras, figures,
Why, such and such;—and the contents o' the story,—
Ah, but some natural notes about her body,
Above ten thousand meaner movables
Would testify, t'enrich mine inventory:—
O sleep, thou ape of death, lie dull upon her!
And be her sense but as a monument,
Thus in a chapel lying!—Come off, come otf;—
[Taking off her bracelet]
" On her left breast
A mole cinque-spotted, like the crimson drops I' the bottom of a cowslip; here's a voucher Stronger than ever law could make*
(1) Act. II, Scene 2.