The Two Gentlemen of Verona


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Valentine and Speed


SPEED

Sir, your glove.


VALENTINE

                         Not mine. My gloves are on.


SPEED

Why then, this may be yours, for this is but one.


VALENTINE

Ha! Let me see. Ay, give it me, it's mine.

Sweet ornament that decks a thing divine.

Ah, Silvia, Silvia!


SPEED

Madam Silvia! Madam Silvia!


VALENTINE

How now, sirrah?


SPEED

She is not within hearing, sir.


VALENTINE

Why, sir, who bade you call her?


SPEED

Your worship, sir, or else I mistook.


VALENTINE

Well, you'll still be too forward.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count


SPEED

And yet I was last chidden for being too slow.
chide (v.), past form chid 1 scold, rebuke, reprove See Topics: Frequency count


VALENTINE

Go to, sir. Tell me, do you know Madam

Silvia?


SPEED

She that your worship loves?


VALENTINE

Why, how know you that I am in love?


SPEED

Marry, by these special marks: first, you have

learned, like Sir Proteus, to wreathe your arms, like a
wreathe (v.) fold, intertwine

malcontent; to relish a love-song, like a robin-redbreast;
malcontent (n.) discontented individual, trouble-maker
relish (v.) 5 sing, warble, croon

to walk alone, like one that had the pestilence; to sigh,

like a schoolboy that had lost his A B C; to weep, like a

young wench that had buried her grandam; to fast, like
wench (n.) girl, lass See Topics: Frequency count

one that takes diet; to watch, like one that fears robbing;
diet (n.) 3 therapeutic nutrition, curative regime
watch (v.) 1 stay awake, keep vigil

to speak puling, like a beggar at Hallowmas. You were
puling (n./adj.) 2 whimperingly, whiningly, complainingly

wont, when you laughed, to crow like a cock; when you
wont (v.) be accustomed, used [to], be in the habit of See Topics: Frequency count

walked, to walk like one of the lions; when you fasted,

it was presently after dinner; when you looked sadly, it
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

was for want of money. And now you are metamorphosed
metamorphose (v.) transform, alter one's disposition, change one's shape

with a mistress, that, when I look on you, I can

hardly think you my master.


VALENTINE

Are all these things perceived in me?


SPEED

They are all perceived without ye.


VALENTINE

Without me? They cannot.


SPEED

Without you? Nay, that's certain; for without you

were so simple, none else would. But you are so without

these follies, that these follies are within you, and shine

through you like the water in an urinal, that not an eye
urinal (n.) medical vessel for holding urine

that sees you but is a physician to comment on your

malady.


VALENTINE

But tell me, dost thou know my lady Silvia?


SPEED

She that you gaze on so, as she sits at supper?


VALENTINE

Hast thou observed that? Even she I mean.


SPEED

Why, sir, I know her not.


VALENTINE

Dost thou know her by my gazing on her,

and yet knowest her not?


SPEED

Is she not hard-favoured, sir?
hard-favoured (adj.) ugly, unattractive, unsightly, hideous


VALENTINE

Not so fair, boy, as well-favoured.
well-favoured (adj.) good-looking, attractive in appearance


SPEED

Sir, I know that well enough.


VALENTINE

What dost thou know?


SPEED

That she is not so fair as, of you, well favoured.


VALENTINE

I mean that her beauty is exquisite, but her

favour infinite.
favour (n.) 3 charm, attractiveness, gracefulness


SPEED

That's because the one is painted, and the other

out of all count.
count (n.) 1 account, reckoning


VALENTINE

How painted? And how out of count?


SPEED

Marry, sir, so painted to make her fair, that no

man counts of her beauty.
count of (v.) take account of, esteem, appreciate


VALENTINE

How esteemest thou me? I account of her
account (v.) 2 take account of, esteem, appreciate

beauty.


SPEED

You never saw her since she was deformed.


VALENTINE

How long hath she been deformed?


SPEED

Ever since you loved her.


VALENTINE

I have loved her ever since I saw her, and

still I see her beautiful.


SPEED

If you love her, you cannot see her.


VALENTINE

Why?


SPEED

Because Love is blind. O, that you had mine eyes,

or your own eyes had the lights they were wont to have,
light (n.) 1 ability to see clearly, power of vision
wont (v.) be accustomed, used [to], be in the habit of See Topics: Frequency count

when you chid at Sir Proteus for going ungartered!
chide (v.), past form chid 1 scold, rebuke, reprove See Topics: Frequency count
ungartered (v.) untied, not wearing a garter [a sign of a lovesick man]


VALENTINE

What should I see then?


SPEED

Your own present folly, and her passing deformity;
passing (adj.) 1 unsurpassed, extreme, pre-eminent

for he, being in love, could not see to garter his hose;

and you, being in love, cannot see to put on your hose.


VALENTINE

Belike, boy, then you are in love; for last
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems See Topics: Frequency count

morning you could not see to wipe my shoes.


SPEED

True, sir; I was in love with my bed. I thank you,

you swinged me for my love, which makes me the bolder
swinge (v.) beat, thrash, flog

to chide you for yours.
chide (v.), past form chid 1 scold, rebuke, reprove See Topics: Frequency count


VALENTINE

In conclusion, I stand affected to her.
affected (adj.) 2 devoted, totally in love [with]


SPEED

I would you were set, so your affection would
set (adj.) 4 seated, sitting down

cease.


VALENTINE

Last night she enjoined me to write some

lines to one she loves.


SPEED

And have you?


VALENTINE

I have.


SPEED

Are they not lamely writ?
lamely (adv.) imperfectly, defectively; also, haltingly, in a lame manner


VALENTINE

No, boy, but as well as I can do them. Peace,

here she comes.

Enter Silvia
motion (n.) 11 puppet-show


SPEED

(aside)

O excellent motion! O exceeding puppet!

Now will he interpret to her.


VALENTINE

Madam and mistress, a thousand good

morrows.


SPEED

(aside)

O, give ye good even! Here's a million of

manners.


SILVIA

Sir Valentine and servant, to you two thousand.


SPEED

(aside)

He should give her interest, and she gives it

him.


VALENTINE

As you enjoined me, I have writ your letter

Unto the secret nameless friend of yours;

Which I was much unwilling to proceed in,

But for my duty to your ladyship.

He gives her the letter
clerkly (adv.) scholarly, cleverly, adroitly
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind


SILVIA

I thank you, gentle servant, 'tis very clerkly done.


VALENTINE

Now trust me, madam, it came hardly off;
come off (v.) 4 turn out, result
hardly (adv.) 1 with great difficulty, only with difficulty

For, being ignorant to whom it goes,

I writ at random, very doubtfully.


SILVIA

Perchance you think too much of so much pains?
perchance (adv.) 1 perhaps, maybe See Topics: Frequency count


VALENTINE

No, madam; so it stead you, I will write,
stead (v.) help, assist, benefit

Please you command, a thousand times as much;

And yet –


SILVIA

A pretty period! Well, I guess the sequel;
period (n.) 3 rhetorical pause, sentence ending, termination

And yet I will not name it; and yet I care not;

And yet take this again;

She offer him the letter
again (adv.) 1 in return, back [in response]

                         and yet I thank you,

Meaning henceforth to trouble you no more.


SPEED

(aside)

And yet you will; and yet, another ‘ yet.’


VALENTINE

What means your ladyship? Do you not like it?


SILVIA

Yes, yes; the lines are very quaintly writ;
quaintly (adv.) 1 subtly, skilfully, ingeniously

But, since unwillingly, take them again.

Nay, take them.

She offers the letter again


VALENTINE

                         Madam, they are for you.


SILVIA

Ay, ay; you writ them, sir, at my request,

But I will none of them; they are for you.

I would have had them writ more movingly.

Valentine takes the letter


VALENTINE

Please you, I'll write your ladyship another.


SILVIA

And when it's writ, for my sake read it over;

And if it please you, so; if not, why, so.


VALENTINE

If it please me, madam, what then?


SILVIA

Why, if it please you, take it for your labour.

And so, good morrow, servant.
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count

Exit


SPEED

(aside)

O jest unseen, inscrutable, invisible

As a nose on a man's face, or a weathercock on a steeple!

My master sues to her; and she hath taught her suitor,
sue (v.) 2 pay court, act as a suitor

He being her pupil, to become her tutor.

O excellent device! Was there ever heard a better,

That my master, being scribe, to himself should write the letter?


VALENTINE

How now, sir? What are you reasoning with
reason (v.) 3 raise, bring up, discuss

yourself?


SPEED

Nay, I was rhyming; 'tis you that have the reason.


VALENTINE

To do what?


SPEED

To be a spokesman for Madam Silvia.


VALENTINE

To whom?


SPEED

To yourself. Why, she woos you by a figure.
figure (n.) 2 figure of speech, device, piece of rhetoric


VALENTINE

What figure?


SPEED

By a letter, I should say.


VALENTINE

Why, she hath not writ to me.


SPEED

What need she, when she hath made you write to

yourself? Why, do you not perceive the jest?


VALENTINE

No, believe me.


SPEED

No believing you, indeed, sir. But did you perceive

her earnest?
earnest (n.) pledge, instalment, deposit, payment in advance


VALENTINE

She gave me none, except an angry word.


SPEED

Why, she hath given you a letter.


VALENTINE

That's the letter I writ to her friend.


SPEED

And that letter hath she delivered, and there an

end.


VALENTINE

I would it were no worse.


SPEED

I'll warrant you, 'tis as well:
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count

For often have you writ to her; and she, in modesty,

Or else for want of idle time, could not again reply;

Or fearing else some messenger, that might her mind discover,
discover (v.) 1 reveal, show, make known See Topics: Frequency count

Herself hath taught her love himself to write unto her lover.

All this I speak in print, for in print I found it. Why
print, in in a precise way, by the letter, very carefully

muse you, sir? 'Tis dinner-time.
muse (v.) 3 wonder, speculate, ponder


VALENTINE

I have dined.


SPEED

Ay, but hearken, sir: though the chameleon Love

can feed on the air, I am one that am nourished by my

victuals, and would fain have meat. O, be not like your
fain (adv.) gladly, willingly See Topics: Frequency count

mistress; be moved, be moved.
move (v.) 1 arouse, affect, stir [by emotion]

Exeunt

 
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