Describe the relationship between Leontes and Polixenes in The Winter's Tale.

In The Winter's Tale, Leontes and Polixenes are close friends, until Leontes begins to entertain the groundless suspicion that Polixenes has been sleeping with his wife and is the father of the child she is carrying. They are enemies for most of the duration of the play but are reconciled at the end, when Leontes apologizes.

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Leontes, King of Sicily, and Polixenes, King of Bohemia, appear initially as friends. Even in their friendship, however, the lack of moderation in Leontes's character quickly becomes clear. Polixenes has been staying at the Sicilian court for nine months and proposes to leave the next day. After such a long stay, many hosts would be only to glad to say goodbye to their guest, however close their friendship. Most...

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