The Two Gentlemen of Verona


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Speed and Launce, meeting


SPEED

Launce! By mine honesty, welcome to Milan.


LAUNCE

Forswear not thyself, sweet youth, for I am not
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 1 swear falsely, perjure [oneself], break one's word See Topics: Frequency count

welcome. I reckon this always, that a man is never undone
undone (adj.) ruined, destroyed, brought down See Topics: Frequency count

till he be hanged, nor never welcome to a place till

some certain shot be paid, and the hostess say,
shot (n.) 4 tavern bill, reckoning

‘ Welcome.’


SPEED

Come on, you madcap; I'll to the alehouse with
madcap (n.) mad-brained fellow, lunatic

you presently; where, for one shot of five pence, thou
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

shalt have five thousand welcomes. But, sirrah, how did

thy master part with Madam Julia?
part (v.) 1 depart [from], leave, quit


LAUNCE

Marry, after they closed in earnest, they parted
close (v.) 5 embrace, cuddle, hug

very fairly in jest.


SPEED

But shall she marry him?


LAUNCE

No.


SPEED

How then? Shall he marry her?


LAUNCE

No, neither.


SPEED

What, are they broken?
broken (adj.) 4 fallen out, with the relationship in pieces


LAUNCE

No, they are both as whole as a fish.


SPEED

Why, then, how stands the matter with them?
matter (n.) 4 affair(s), business, real issue


LAUNCE

Marry, thus: when it stands well with him, it

stands well with her.


SPEED

What an ass art thou! I understand thee not.


LAUNCE

What a block art thou, that thou canst not! My
block (n.) 1 blockhead

staff understands me.


SPEED

What thou sayest?


LAUNCE

Ay, and what I do too; look there, I'll but lean,

and my staff understands me.
understand (v.) 1 stand under the force of [with pun on ‘comprehend’]


SPEED

It stands under thee, indeed.


LAUNCE

Why, stand-under and under-stand is all one.


SPEED

But tell me true, will't be a match?


LAUNCE

Ask my dog. If he say ay, it will; if he say no, it

will; if he shake his tail and say nothing, it will.


SPEED

The conclusion is, then, that it will.


LAUNCE

Thou shalt never get such a secret from me but

by a parable.
parable (n.) indirect means, oblique utterance, similitude


SPEED

'Tis well that I get it so. But, Launce, how sayest

thou that my master is become a notable lover?


LAUNCE

I never knew him otherwise.


SPEED

Than how?


LAUNCE

A notable lubber, as thou reportest him to be.
lubber (n.) clumsy dolt, blundering lout


SPEED

Why, thou whoreson ass, thou mistakest me.


LAUNCE

Why, fool, I meant not thee, I meant thy

master.


SPEED

I tell thee my master is become a hot lover.


LAUNCE

Why, I tell thee, I care not though he burn himself

in love. If thou wilt, go with me to the alehouse; if

not, thou art an Hebrew, a Jew, and not worth the name

of a Christian.


SPEED

Why?


LAUNCE

Because thou hast not so much charity in thee as

to go to the ale with a Christian. Wilt thou go?
ale (n.) ale-house, tavern


SPEED

At thy service.

Exeunt

 
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