The Two Gentlemen of Verona


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter certain Outlaws
passenger (n.) wayfarer, traveller, passer-by


FIRST OUTLAW

Fellows, stand fast; I see a passenger.


SECOND OUTLAW

If there be ten, shrink not, but down with 'em.

Enter Valentine and Speed
stand (v.) 3 stop, halt


THIRD OUTLAW

Stand, sir, and throw us that you have about ye;

If not, we'll make you sit, and rifle you.
rifle (v.) search and rob, plunder


SPEED

Sir, we are undone; these are the villains
undone (adj.) ruined, destroyed, brought down See Topics: Frequency count

That all the travellers do fear so much.


VALENTINE

My friends –


FIRST OUTLAW

That's not so, sir; we are your enemies.


SECOND OUTLAW

Peace! We'll hear him.


THIRD OUTLAW

Ay, by my beard, will we; for he's a proper man.
proper (adj.) 1 good-looking, handsome, comely


VALENTINE

Then know that I have little wealth to lose;

A man I am crossed with adversity;
cross (v.) 3 afflict, plague, go against

My riches are these poor habiliments,
habiliment, abiliment (n.) (usually plural) clothes, dress, attire, outfit

Of which, if you should here disfurnish me,
disfurnish (v.) deprive, strip, dispossess

You take the sum and substance that I have.


SECOND OUTLAW

Whither travel you?


VALENTINE

To Verona.


FIRST OUTLAW

Whence came you?


VALENTINE

From Milan.
sojourn (v.) 1 pause, reside, stay for a while


THIRD OUTLAW

                         Have you long sojourned there?


VALENTINE

Some sixteen months, and longer might have stayed,

If crooked fortune had not thwarted me.
crooked (adj.) 1 malignant, perverse, contrary, devious


FIRST OUTLAW

What, were you banished thence?


VALENTINE

I was.


SECOND OUTLAW

For what offence?


VALENTINE

For that which now torments me to rehearse:
rehearse (v.) 1 relate, recount, give an account of

I killed a man, whose death I much repent;

But yet I slew him manfully in fight,

Without false vantage or base treachery.
base (adj.) 1 dishonourable, low, unworthy See Topics: Frequency count
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count
false (adj.) 7 unfair, unjust, double-crossing
vantage (n.) 2 advantageous position, place of vantage, superiority


FIRST OUTLAW

Why, ne'er repent it, if it were done so.

But were you banished for so small a fault?


VALENTINE

I was, and held me glad of such a doom.
doom (n.) 1 judgement, sentence, decision


SECOND OUTLAW

Have you the tongues?
tongue (n.) 2 (plural) foreign language


VALENTINE

My youthful travel therein made me happy,
happy (adj.) 3 accomplished, favoured, proficient

Or else I often had been miserable.


THIRD OUTLAW

By the bare scalp of Robin Hood's fat friar,

This fellow were a king for our wild faction!
faction (n.) 1 party, group, set [of people]


FIRST OUTLAW

We'll have him. Sirs, a word.

The Outlaws draw aside to talk


SPEED

Master, be one of them; it's an honourable kind of

thievery.


VALENTINE

Peace, villain!


SECOND OUTLAW

Tell us this: have you anything to take
take to (v.) 2 subsist on, use as a resource

to?


VALENTINE

Nothing but my fortune.


THIRD OUTLAW

Know then that some of us are gentlemen,

Such as the fury of ungoverned youth

Thrust from the company of awful men;
awful (adj.) 1 awe-inspiring, worthy of respect

Myself was from Verona banished

For practising to steal away a lady,
practise (v.) 1 plot, scheme, conspire

An heir, and near allied unto the Duke.
allied (adj.) related, connected


SECOND OUTLAW

And I from Mantua, for a gentleman

Who, in my mood, I stabbed unto the heart.
mood (n.) 1 anger, fury, frenzy, fit of temper


FIRST OUTLAW

And I for such like petty crimes as these.
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal See Topics: Frequency count

But to the purpose – for we cite our faults
purpose (n.) 2 point at issue, matter in hand

That they may hold excused our lawless lives;

And partly, seeing you are beautified

With goodly shape, and by your own report

A linguist, and a man of such perfection

As we do in our quality much want –
quality (n.) 8 companions, associates, fraternity


SECOND OUTLAW

Indeed, because you are a banished man,

Therefore, above the rest, we parley to you.
parle, parley (v.) 1 discuss terms, treat, negotiate with

Are you content to be our general –
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready See Topics: Frequency count

To make a virtue of necessity,

And live as we do in this wilderness?


THIRD OUTLAW

What sayst thou? Wilt thou be of our consort?
consort (n.) 2 company, mob, crew

Say ‘ ay,’ and be the captain of us all.

We'll do thee homage, and be ruled by thee,

Love thee as our commander and our king.


FIRST OUTLAW

But if thou scorn our courtesy, thou diest.


SECOND OUTLAW

Thou shalt not live to brag what we have offered.
brag (v.) talk with pride [about], sound off [about]


VALENTINE

I take your offer, and will live with you,

Provided that you do no outrages

On silly women or poor passengers.
passenger (n.) wayfarer, traveller, passer-by
silly (adj.) 1 helpless, defenceless, vulnerable


THIRD OUTLAW

No, we detest such vile base practices.
base (adj.) 1 dishonourable, low, unworthy See Topics: Frequency count

Come, go with us; we'll bring thee to our crews,
crew (n.) 1 band, company, body of men

And show thee all the treasure we have got;

Which, with ourselves, all rest at thy dispose.
dispose (n.) 1 disposal, control, discretion

Exeunt

 
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