One king, Leontes of Sicilia, marries Hermione, giving her a beautiful emerald. They have a son, Mamilllius, and are blissfully happy. The other king, Polixenes of Bohemia, visits the court of Leontes.
Archidamus says that if Camillo were to visit Bohemia he would discover great differences between their countries. Camillo replies that he thinks that his king, Leontes, is planning a trip to Bohemia in the summer. Abashed by how little Bohemia has to offer in comparison to Sicilia, Archidamus imagines himself serving drinks that would make the visitors so sleepy that they would not notice the barrenness of Bohemia.
The lords also discuss the lifelong friendship of their two kings, as well as the virtues of the two young princes.
Camillo then joins a group that is composed of the two kings, Leontes and Polixenes, Leontes' family, and some attendants.
Polixenes, King of Bohemia, is thanking Leontes for his extended hospitality in Sicilia and insisting that he, Polixenes, must return to his country's responsibilities. When it is clear that Polixenes will not yield to Leontes' entreaties to stay for a longer visit, Leontes urges his wife, Hermione, to join the effort.
Hermione succeeds in persuading Polixenes to stay. Leontes seems delighted that Hermione has convinced Polixenes to stay, but suddenly he reveals that he is jealous of Polixenes. Seeing that Leontes is upset, Hermione and Polixenes ask him what is wrong. Leontes, however, avoids a truthful answer by claiming that he is merely remembering when he was the age of his son.
The two kings then compare their love for their sons. Leontes takes a walk with his son, Mamillius, thinking that this will set up Polixenes and Hermione for a compromising situation.
Hermione, however, innocently discloses where she and Polixenes will be, and Leontes indulges in satiric swipes at her imagined infidelity. Then he sends Mamillius off to play, before asking for Camillo's assessment of the relationship between Hermione and Polixenes.
Camillo's straightforward responses, however, are twisted by the jealous king, and Camillo protests: The imagined bawdiness which Leontes interprets from his wife's and Polixenes' actions is wrong.
The king lashes out at Camillo, and Camillo humbly begs for a reappraisal of his reliability as an observer for the king.
When Leontes insists upon a confirmation of Hermione's infidelity, a shocked Camillo criticizes his king. Leontes then tries to extract an agreement that his list of observed actions between Hermione and Polixenes proves that his wife's and Polixenes' affair is a reality.
Camillo urges the king to heal "this diseased opinion," but Leontes cannot be convinced. He suggests that Camillo poison Polixenes.
Camillo admits that he could do it, but he states that he will never believe that Hermione was unfaithful. Camillo agrees to poison Polixenes if Leontes promises not to reveal what he believes about Hermione.
Leontes promises, then joins the innocent couple. Alone, Camillo speaks of his hopeless position. Approached by Polixenes to explain Leontes' changed attitude, Camillo convinces Polixenes that they must flee together or they will both be killed by Leontes.
Act II opens some time later with an obviously pregnant Hermione resting in the company of her son, Mamillius, and two ladies-in-waiting. When Hermione requests a story, Mamillius suggests a tale about "sprites and goblins," a tale suitable for winter.
As Mamillius begins the story, Leontes and Antigonus enter with a group of attendants. Leontes clearly believes that the hasty departure of Camillo and Polixenes is confirmation of his suspicions about Hermione's affair with Polixenes.Leontes, meanwhile, has become possessed with jealousy—convinced that Polixenes and Hermione are lovers, he orders his loyal retainer, Camillo, to poison the Bohemian king.
Instead, Camillo warns Polixenes of what is afoot, and the two men flee Sicilia immediately. Character Summary. Camillo: a lord of Sicilia who wisely disobeys his king's--Leontes'--order to poison and kill Polixenes. Archidamus: a lord of Bohemia who is so impressed with Sicilia's hospitality that he doubts his own nation--Bohemia--could extend a comparable hospitality to Sicilia.
Leontes: king of Sicilia who suspects his wife and . Sep 13, · King Leontes of Sicilia begs his childhood friend, King Polixenes of Bohemia, to extend his visit to Sicilia.
Polixenes protests that he has been away from his kingdom for nine months, but after Leontes's pregnant wife, Hermione, pleads with him he relents and agrees to stay a little attheheels.com: Resolved. The Winter's Tale: Plot Summary From Stories of Shakespeare's Comedies by Helene Adeline Guerber.
New York: Dodd, Mead and company.. Act I When the curtain rises for the first act on an antechamber in Leontes' palace, in Sicilia, we overhear his councillor Camillo talking with a follower of the King . Archidamus, a lord of Bohemia, and Camillo, a lord of Sicilia, talk about their respective countries.
Archidamus says that if Camillo were to visit Bohemia he would discover great differences between their countries. Camillo replies that he thinks that his king, Leontes, is planning a trip to. You are here: Home / Shakespeare Play Summaries / The Winter’s Tale Plot Summary Below is a brief plot summary of The Winter’s Tale: Polixenes, the King of Bohemia, has been visiting his old friend King Leontes in Sicily for nearly nine months but is ready to return to Bohemia.