The Two Gentlemen of Verona


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Antonio and Panthino
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn See Topics: Frequency count


ANTONIO

Tell me, Panthino, what sad talk was that

Wherewith my brother held you in the cloister?


PANTHINO

'Twas of his nephew Proteus, your son.


ANTONIO

Why, what of him?


PANTHINO

                         He wondered that your lordship

Would suffer him to spend his youth at home,
suffer (v.) 1 allow, permit, let

While other men, of slender reputation,
slender (adj.) slight, trifling, insignificant

Put forth their sons to seek preferment out:
preferment (n.) advancement, promotion
put forth (v.) 2 send abroad, send away

Some to the wars to try their fortune there;

Some to discover islands far away;
discover (v.) 4 find, uncover, come upon

Some to the studious universities.

For any or for all these exercises

He said that Proteus your son was meet,
meet (adj.) 1 fit, suitable, right, proper See Topics: Frequency count

And did request me to importune you
importune (v.) 1 urge, press

To let him spend his time no more at home,

Which would be great impeachment to his age,
age (n.) 2 mature years, old age
impeachment (n.) 2 discredit, reproach, detriment

In having known no travel in his youth.


ANTONIO

Nor needest thou much importune me to that

Whereon this month I have been hammering.
hammer (v.) think hard, deliberate, ponder

I have considered well his loss of time,

And how he cannot be a perfect man,
perfect (adj.) 6 complete, totally accomplished, well-trained

Not being tried and tutored in the world.
try (v.) 2 put to the test, test the goodness [of]

Experience is by industry achieved,

And perfected by the swift course of time.

Then tell me, whither were I best to send him?


PANTHINO

I think your lordship is not ignorant

How his companion, youthful Valentine,

Attends the Emperor in his royal court.
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]


ANTONIO

I know it well.


PANTHINO

'Twere good, I think, your lordship sent him thither.

There shall he practise tilts and tournaments,
tilt (n.) lance-charge, joust, combat

Hear sweet discourse, converse with noblemen,
converse (v.) associate, keep company
discourse (n.) 1 conversation, talk, chat

And be in eye of every exercise
exercise (n.) 2 manly sport, martial practice
eye (n.) 1 sight, view, presence

Worthy his youth and nobleness of birth.


ANTONIO

I like thy counsel; well hast thou advised;

And that thou mayst perceive how well I like it,

The execution of it shall make known.

Even with the speediest expedition
expedition (n.) 1 haste, speedy action, prompt dispatch

I will dispatch him to the Emperor's court.
dispatch, despatch (v.) 5 send away, send off


PANTHINO

Tomorrow, may it please you, Don Alphonso

With other gentlemen of good esteem

Are journeying to salute the Emperor,
salute (v.) 3 pay respects to, make a formal visit to

And to commend their service to his will.
commend (v.) 2 commit, entrust, hand over


ANTONIO

Good company; with them shall Proteus go.

Enter Proteus, reading a letter
break (v.) 5 reveal, disclose, impart
time, in good 1 at the right moment

And in good time; now will we break with him.


PROTEUS

(aside)

Sweet love, sweet lines, sweet life!

Here is her hand, the agent of her heart;

Here is her oath for love, her honour's pawn.
pawn (n.) pledge, surety, forfeit

O, that our fathers would applaud our loves,

To seal our happiness with their consents!

O heavenly Julia!


ANTONIO

How now? What letter are you reading there?


PROTEUS

May't please your lordship, 'tis a word or two

Of commendations sent from Valentine,
commendation (n.) 3 (plural) regards, compliments, greetings

Delivered by a friend that came from him.


ANTONIO

Lend me the letter. Let me see what news.


PROTEUS

There is no news, my lord, but that he writes

How happily he lives, how well beloved,

And daily graced by the Emperor;
graced (adj.) 2 honoured, favoured

Wishing me with him, partner of his fortune.


ANTONIO

And how stand you affected to his wish?
affected (adj.) 1 disposed, inclined, minded


PROTEUS

As one relying on your lordship's will,

And not depending on his friendly wish.


ANTONIO

My will is something sorted with his wish.
something (adv.) 1 somewhat, rather See Topics: Frequency count
sort (v.) 5 correspond [to], be in agreement, conform [to]

Muse not that I thus suddenly proceed;
muse (v.) 1 wonder, be surprised

For what I will, I will, and there an end.

I am resolved that thou shalt spend some time

With Valentinus in the Emperor's court.

What maintenance he from his friends receives,

Like exhibition thou shalt have from me.
exhibition (n.) 1 allowance, pension, maintenance
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal See Topics: Frequency count

Tomorrow be in readiness to go.

Excuse it not, for I am peremptory.
excuse (v.) 2 seek to decline, beg to get out of
peremptory (adj.) 1 determined, resolved, absolutely decided


PROTEUS

My lord, I cannot be so soon provided.
provided (adj.) prepared, ready, provided with necessities

Please you deliberate a day or two.


ANTONIO

Look what thou wantest shall be sent after thee.
want (v.) 4 require, demand, need

No more of stay; tomorrow thou must go.
stay (n.) 1 staying, remaining, continued presence

Come on, Panthino; you shall be employed

To hasten on his expedition.

Exeunt Antonio and Panthino


PROTEUS

Thus have I shunned the fire for fear of burning,

And drenched me in the sea, where I am drowned.

I feared to show my father Julia's letter,

Lest he should take exceptions to my love,
exception (n.) 1 (often plural) objection, dislike, disapproval

And with the vantage of mine own excuse
vantage (n.) 3 advantage, benefit, advancement, profit

Hath he excepted most against my love.
except, except against (v.) 2 object to, take exception to

O, how this spring of love resembleth

The uncertain glory of an April day,

Which now shows all the beauty of the sun,

And by and by a cloud takes all away.

Enter Panthino


PANTHINO

Sir Proteus, your father calls for you.

He is in haste; therefore, I pray you go.


PROTEUS

Why, this it is; my heart accords thereto,

And yet a thousand times it answers, ‘ No.’

Exeunt

 
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