Paulina, a wife of one of the aristocrats, speaks these lines to Leontes in The Winter's Tale:
And thou, good goddess Nature, which hast made it
So like to him that got it, if thou hast
The ordering of the mind too, 'mongst all colors
No yellow in 't, lest she suspect, as he does,
Her children not her husband's!
The Winter's Tale, 2.3. lines 104-108
Would someone, please, help me with the interpretation of these lines?
I have the following which doesn't make sense to me:
"Thou" refers to Nature but could also refer to Hermione. The suggestion is who would Nature look for in order to make a child that looks like it's father, but also that Nature doesn't need a father to have children. The question if nature has an ordering of the mind (like Leontes?) except without jealousy---Otherwise, Hermione (who is she in line 107?) would suspect as Leontes does that her children are illegitimate. If she doesn't have the mad jealousy why would she entertain an alternate parenting reality?
Shouldn't it be ",...if thou hast not \ The ordering of the mind too, 'mongs all colors..." ?