The Two Gentlemen of Verona


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Silvia, Thurio, Valentine, and Speed


SILVIA

Servant!


VALENTINE

Mistress?


SPEED

(to Valentine)

Master, Sir Thurio frowns on you.


VALENTINE

(to Speed)

Ay, boy; it's for love.


SPEED

(to Valentine)

Not of you.


VALENTINE

(to Speed)

Of my mistress, then.


SPEED

(to Valentine)
knock (v.) strike, beat, hit

'Twere good you knocked him.

Exit


SILVIA

Servant, you are sad.
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn See Topics: Frequency count


VALENTINE

Indeed, madam, I seem so.


THURIO

Seem you that you are not?


VALENTINE

Haply I do.
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck See Topics: Frequency count


THURIO

So do counterfeits.
counterfeit (n.) 2 impostor, pretender, sham


VALENTINE

So do you.


THURIO

What seem I that I am not?


VALENTINE

Wise.


THURIO

What instance of the contrary?


VALENTINE

Your folly.


THURIO

And how quote you my folly?
quote (v.) 1 closely observe, note, examine


VALENTINE

I quote it in your jerkin.
jerkin (n.) male upper garment, close-fitting jacket [often made of leather] See Topics: Clothing


THURIO

My jerkin is a doublet.


VALENTINE

Well, then, I'll double your folly.


THURIO

How?


SILVIA

What, angry, Sir Thurio? Do you change colour?


VALENTINE

Give him leave, madam; he is a kind of

chameleon.


THURIO

That hath more mind to feed on your blood than

live in your air.


VALENTINE

You have said, sir.
say (v.) 6 speak the truth, speak to the point See Topics: Discourse markers


THURIO

Ay, sir, and done too, for this time.


VALENTINE

I know it well, sir; you always end ere you

begin.


SILVIA

A fine volley of words, gentlemen, and quickly

shot off.


VALENTINE

'Tis indeed, madam. We thank the giver.


SILVIA

Who is that, servant?


VALENTINE

Yourself, sweet lady; for you gave the fire.

Sir Thurio borrows his wit from your ladyship's looks,
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability See Topics: Frequency count

and spends what he borrows kindly in your company.
kindly (adv.) 1 in accordance with human nature, expressing normal humanity


THURIO

Sir, if you spend word for word with me, I shall

make your wit bankrupt.


VALENTINE

I know it well, sir; you have an exchequer of

words, and, I think, no other treasure to give your followers;

for it appears by their bare liveries, that they live
bare (adj.) 2 threadbare, shabby, ragged
livery (n.) 1 uniform, costume, special clothing See Topics: Frequency count

by your bare words.
bare (adj.) 1 mere, simple

Enter the Duke of Milan


SILVIA

No more, gentlemen, no more! Here comes my

father.


DUKE

Now, daughter Silvia, you are hard beset.
beset (v.) set upon, assail, besiege
hard (adv.) 2 earnestly, vigorously, energetically

Sir Valentine, your father is in good health.

What say you to a letter from your friends

Of much good news?


VALENTINE

                         My lord, I will be thankful

To any happy messenger from thence.
happy (adj.) 2 opportune, appropriate, propitious, favourable


DUKE

Know ye Don Antonio, your countryman?


VALENTINE

Ay, my good lord, I know the gentleman

To be of worth, and worthy estimation,
estimation (n.) 1 esteem, respect, reputation

And not without desert so well reputed.
desert, desart (n.) 4 cause, deserving, warrant


DUKE

Hath he not a son?


VALENTINE

Ay, my good lord, a son that well deserves

The honour and regard of such a father.


DUKE

You know him well?


VALENTINE

I know him as myself; for from our infancy

We have conversed and spent our hours together;
converse (v.) associate, keep company

And though myself have been an idle truant,

Omitting the sweet benefit of time
omit (v.) neglect, disregard, forget about

To clothe mine age with angel-like perfection,

Yet hath Sir Proteus – for that's his name –

Made use and fair advantage of his days:
advantage (n.) 4 interest, bonus, addition

His years but young, but his experience old;

His head unmellowed, but his judgement ripe;
ripe (adj.) 5 mature, sophisticated, refined
unmellowed (adj.) not matured in age, showing no grey hairs

And in a word, for far behind his worth

Comes all the praises that I now bestow,

He is complete in feature and in mind,
complete, compleat (adj.) 1 accomplished, consummate, thorough
feature (n.) physical appearance, bodily shape, looks

With all good grace to grace a gentleman.


DUKE

Beshrew me, sir, but if he make this good,
beshrew, 'shrew (v.) 1 curse, devil take, evil befall See Topics: Frequency count

He is as worthy for an empress' love
meet (adj.) 1 fit, suitable, right, proper See Topics: Frequency count

As meet to be an emperor's counsellor.

Well, sir, this gentleman is come to me

With commendation from great potentates,

And here he means to spend his time awhile.

I think 'tis no unwelcome news to you.


VALENTINE

Should I have wished a thing, it had been he.


DUKE

Welcome him then according to his worth.

Silvia, I speak to you, and you, Sir Thurio;

For Valentine, I need not cite him to it.
cite (v.) 1 urge, call on, arouse, summon

I will send him hither to you presently.
presently (adv.) 2 after a short time, soon, before long

Exit


VALENTINE

This is the gentleman I told your ladyship

Had come along with me but that his mistress

Did hold his eyes locked in her crystal looks.


SILVIA

Belike that now she hath enfranchised them
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems See Topics: Frequency count
enfranchise (v.) set free, liberate

Upon some other pawn for fealty.
fealty (n.) [feudal obligation of obedience] duty of loyalty, allegiance, fidelity
pawn (n.) pledge, surety, forfeit


VALENTINE

Nay, sure, I think she holds them prisoners still.


SILVIA

Nay, then, he should be blind; and, being blind,

How could he see his way to seek out you?


VALENTINE

Why, lady, Love hath twenty pair of eyes.


THURIO

They say that Love hath not an eye at all.


VALENTINE

To see such lovers, Thurio, as yourself;

Upon a homely object Love can wink.
homely (adj.) 2 plain-looking, unattractive, ugly
wink (v.) 1 shut one's eyes

Enter Proteus


SILVIA

Have done, have done; here comes the gentleman.


VALENTINE

Welcome, dear Proteus! Mistress, I beseech you

Confirm his welcome with some special favour.


SILVIA

His worth is warrant for his welcome hither,
warrant (n.) 2 licence, sanction, authorization

If this be he you oft have wished to hear from.
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count


VALENTINE

Mistress, it is. Sweet lady, entertain him
entertain (v.) 5 hire, employ, maintain, take into service

To be my fellow-servant to your ladyship.


SILVIA

Too low a mistress for so high a servant.
servant (n.) 1 devotee, one who gives dedicated service, lover


PROTEUS

Not so, sweet lady; but too mean a servant

To have a look of such a worthy mistress.


VALENTINE

Leave off discourse of disability;
discourse (n.) 1 conversation, talk, chat

Sweet lady, entertain him for your servant.


PROTEUS

My duty will I boast of, nothing else.


SILVIA

And duty never yet did want his meed.
meed (n.) 1 reward, prize, recompense
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without See Topics: Frequency count

Servant, you are welcome to a worthless mistress.


PROTEUS

I'll die on him that says so but yourself.
die on (v.) die fighting, challenge in mortal combat


SILVIA

That you are welcome?


PROTEUS

                         That you are worthless.

Enter a Servant


SERVANT

Madam, my lord your father would speak with you.


SILVIA

I wait upon his pleasure. (Exit Servant) Come, Sir Thurio,

Go with me. Once more, new servant, welcome.

I'll leave you to confer of home affairs;

When you have done, we look to hear from you.


PROTEUS

We'll both attend upon your ladyship.
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]

Exeunt Silvia and Thurio


VALENTINE

Now, tell me, how do all from whence you came?


PROTEUS

Your friends are well, and have them much commended.
commend (v.) 1 convey greetings, present kind regards See Topics: Frequency count


VALENTINE

And how do yours?


PROTEUS

                         I left them all in health.


VALENTINE

How does your lady, and how thrives your love?


PROTEUS

My tales of love were wont to weary you;
wont (v.) be accustomed, used [to], be in the habit of See Topics: Frequency count

I know you joy not in a love discourse.


VALENTINE

Ay, Proteus, but that life is altered now;

I have done penance for contemning Love,
contemn (v.) despise, scorn, treat with contempt

Whose high imperious thoughts have punished me

With bitter fasts, with penitential groans,

With nightly tears, and daily heart-sore sighs;
nightly (adj.) 1 of the night, active at night

For, in revenge of my contempt of love,

Love hath chased sleep from my enthralled eyes,
enthralled (adj.) enslaved, made captive

And made them watchers of mine own heart's sorrow.
watcher (n.) one who stays wide-awake

O gentle Proteus, Love's a mighty lord,
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind

And hath so humbled me as I confess

There is no woe to his correction,

Nor to his service no such joy on earth.

Now no discourse, except it be of love;
discourse (n.) 1 conversation, talk, chat

Now can I break my fast, dine, sup, and sleep,
sup (v.) 1 have supper See Topics: Frequency count

Upon the very naked name of love.


PROTEUS

Enough; I read your fortune in your eye.

Was this the idol that you worship so?


VALENTINE

Even she; and is she not a heavenly saint?


PROTEUS

No; but she is an earthly paragon.


VALENTINE

Call her divine.


PROTEUS

                         I will not flatter her.


VALENTINE

O, flatter me; for love delights in praises.


PROTEUS

When I was sick, you gave me bitter pills,

And I must minister the like to you.
like, the the same


VALENTINE

Then speak the truth by her; if not divine,

Yet let her be a principality,
principality (n.) spiritual being very high in the hierarchy of angels

Sovereign to all the creatures on the earth.


PROTEUS

Except my mistress.


VALENTINE

                         Sweet, except not any,

Except thou wilt except against my love.
except, except against (v.) 1 take exception to, object to, repudiate


PROTEUS

Have I not reason to prefer mine own?


VALENTINE

And I will help thee to prefer her too:
prefer (v.) 1 promote, advance, recommend

She shall be dignified with this high honour –

To bear my lady's train, lest the base earth
base (adj.) 5 low-lying, lowland

Should from her vesture chance to steal a kiss,
vesture (n.) garment, clothing, garb, costume

And, of so great a favour growing proud,

Disdain to root the summer-swelling flower
root (v.) 1 provide with roots, receive the roots of

And make rough winter everlastingly.


PROTEUS

Why, Valentine, what braggardism is this?
braggardism, braggartism (n.) bragging, boasting


VALENTINE

Pardon me, Proteus, all I can is nothing
can (v.) 1 be skilled [in], have ability [in]

To her, whose worth makes other worthies nothing;
worthy (n.) thing of worth, distinction, excellence

She is alone.
alone (adj.) unique, matchless, having no equal


PROTEUS

                         Then let her alone.


VALENTINE

Not for the world! Why, man, she is mine own;

And I as rich in having such a jewel

As twenty seas, if all their sand were pearl,

The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold.

Forgive me, that I do not dream on thee,
dream (v.) concentrate, focus attention

Because thou seest me dote upon my love.

My foolish rival, that her father likes

Only for his possessions are so huge,

Is gone with her along; and I must after,

For love, thou knowest, is full of jealousy.


PROTEUS

But she loves you?


VALENTINE

Ay, and we are betrothed; nay more, our marriage-hour,

With all the cunning manner of our flight,

Determined of; how I must climb her window,
climb (v.) reach, attain, achieve

The ladder made of cords, and all the means

Plotted and 'greed on for my happiness.

Good Proteus, go with me to my chamber,

In these affairs to aid me with thy counsel.


PROTEUS

Go on before; I shall inquire you forth.
before (adv.) 1 ahead, in advance
inquire forth (v.) seek out, ask after one's whereabouts

I must unto the road to disembark
road (n.) 1 harbour, anchorage, roadstead

Some necessaries that I needs must use;

And then I'll presently attend you.
attend (v.) 4 accompany, follow closely, go with
presently (adv.) 2 after a short time, soon, before long


VALENTINE

Will you make haste?


PROTEUS

I will.

Exit Valentine

Even as one heat another heat expels,

Or as one nail by strength drives out another,

So the remembrance of my former love

Is by a newer object quite forgotten.
remembrance (n.) 1 memory, bringing to mind, recollection See Topics: Frequency count

Is it mine eye, or Valentine's praise,

Her true perfection, or my false transgression,
false (adj.) 2 disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful

That makes me reasonless to reason thus?

She is fair; and so is Julia that I love –
fair (adj.) 1 handsome, good-looking, beautiful

That I did love, for now my love is thawed;

Which, like a waxen image 'gainst a fire,

Bears no impression of the thing it was.

Methinks my zeal to Valentine is cold,
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

And that I love him not as I was wont.
wont (v.) be accustomed, used [to], be in the habit of See Topics: Frequency count

O, but I love his lady too too much!

And that's the reason I love him so little.

How shall I dote on her with more advice,
advice (n.) 1 consideration, reflection, deliberation

That thus without advice begin to love her!

'Tis but her picture I have yet beheld,
picture (n.) 1 appearance, countenance, visible form

And that hath dazzled my reason's light;

But when I look on her perfections,

There is no reason but I shall be blind.
reason (n.) 6 alternative, choice, possibility

If I can check my erring love, I will;

If not, to compass her I'll use my skill.
compass (v.) 2 win, obtain, attain

Exit

 
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