The Two Gentlemen of Verona


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Proteus
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count


PROTEUS

Already have I been false to Valentine,

And now I must be as unjust to Thurio;

Under the colour of commending him,
colour (n.) 1 pretext, pretence
commend (v.) 4 praise, admire, extol

I have access my own love to prefer;
prefer (v.) 1 promote, advance, recommend

But Silvia is too fair, too true, too holy,
holy (adj.) 1 virtuous, upright, of great excellence

To be corrupted with my worthless gifts.

When I protest true loyalty to her,

She twits me with my falsehood to my friend;
twit (v.) taunt, upbraid, reproach

When to her beauty I commend my vows,
commend (v.) 6 declare, offer, direct

She bids me think how I have been forsworn
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 1 swear falsely, perjure [oneself], break one's word See Topics: Frequency count

In breaking faith with Julia, whom I loved;

And notwithstanding all her sudden quips,
quip (n.) retort, taunt, gibe
sudden (adj.) 7 sharp, caustic, biting

The least whereof would quell a lover's hope,

Yet, spaniel-like, the more she spurns my love
spaniel-like (adj.) fawningly, slavishly, like a tame dog
spurn (v.) 1 reject, scorn, despise, treat with contempt

The more it grows and fawneth on her still.

Enter Thurio and Musicians

But here comes Thurio. Now must we to her window,

And give some evening music to her ear.


THURIO

How now, Sir Proteus, are you crept before us?


PROTEUS

Ay, gentle Thurio; for you know that love
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count

Will creep in service where it cannot go.
go (v.) 1 walk, travel on foot


THURIO

Ay, but I hope, sir, that you love not here.


PROTEUS

Sir, but I do; or else I would be hence.


THURIO

Who? Silvia?


PROTEUS

                         Ay, Silvia – for your sake.


THURIO

I thank you for your own. Now, gentlemen,

Let's tune, and to it lustily awhile.
lustily (adv.) vigorously, heartily, with a will

Enter, some way off, the Host of the Inn, and Julia in

a page's costume


HOST

Now, my young guest, methinks you're allycholly;
allicholy, allycholly (adj./n.) malapropism for ‘melancholy’
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

I pray you, why is it?


JULIA

Marry, mine host, because I cannot be merry.


HOST

Come, we'll have you merry; I'll bring you where

you shall hear music, and see the gentleman that you

asked for.


JULIA

But shall I hear him speak?


HOST

Ay, that you shall.


JULIA

That will be music.

The Musicians play


HOST

Hark, hark!


JULIA

Is he among these?


HOST

Ay; but, peace! Let's hear 'em.

Song

Who is Silvia? What is she,

That all our swains commend her?
commend (v.) 4 praise, admire, extol
swain (n.) 4 lover, wooer, sweetheart

Holy, fair, and wise is she;
holy (adj.) 1 virtuous, upright, of great excellence

The heaven such grace did lend her,
grace (n.) 4 gracefulness, charm, elegance

That she might admired be.

Is she kind as she is fair?
kind (adj.) 4 gracious, full of courtesy

For beauty lives with kindness.

Love doth to her eyes repair,
repair (v.) 1 come, go, make one's way

To help him of his blindness;

And, being helped, inhabits there.

Then to Silvia let us sing

That Silvia is excelling;

She excels each mortal thing

Upon the dull earth dwelling.

To her let us garlands bring.


HOST

How now? Are you sadder than you were before?
sad (adj.) 3 downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy

How do you, man? The music likes you not.
like (v.) 1 please, suit See Topics: Politeness


JULIA

You mistake; the musician likes me not.


HOST

Why, my pretty youth?


JULIA

He plays false, father.
false (adv.) 3 wrongly, erroneously, in error


HOST

How? Out of tune on the strings?


JULIA

Not so; but yet so false that he grieves my very

heart-strings.


HOST

You have a quick ear.
quick (adj.) 4 sharp, keen, alert


JULIA

Ay, I would I were deaf; it makes me have a slow
slow (adj.) 1 heavy, gloomy, dejected

heart.


HOST

I perceive you delight not in music.


JULIA

Not a whit, when it jars so.
jar (v.) 2 grate, sound discordantly


HOST

Hark, what fine change is in the music!
change (n.) 1 variation, modulation


JULIA

Ay; that change is the spite.
spite (n.) 1 annoyance, vexation, irritation


HOST

You would have them always play but one thing?


JULIA

I would always have one play but one thing.

But, host, doth this Sir Proteus, that we talk on,

Often resort unto this gentlewoman?


HOST

I tell you what Launce, his man, told me: he loved

her out of all nick.
nick (n.) 2 reckoning, count, estimation


JULIA

Where is Launce?


HOST

Gone to seek his dog, which tomorrow, by his

master's command, he must carry for a present to his

lady.


JULIA

Peace! Stand aside; the company parts.
part (v.) 1 depart [from], leave, quit


PROTEUS

Sir Thurio, fear not you; I will so plead

That you shall say my cunning drift excels.
drift (n.) 1 plan, intention, aim


THURIO

Where meet we?


PROTEUS

                         At Saint Gregory's well.


THURIO

                                                         Farewell.

Exeunt Thurio and Musicians

Enter Silvia at an upstairs window


PROTEUS

Madam, good even to your ladyship.


SILVIA

I thank you for your music, gentlemen.

Who is that that spake?


PROTEUS

One, lady, if you knew his pure heart's truth,

You would quickly learn to know him by his voice.


SILVIA

Sir Proteus, as I take it.


PROTEUS

Sir Proteus, gentle lady, and your servant.
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count


SILVIA

What's your will?
compass (v.) 2 win, obtain, attain
will (n.) 1 desire, wish, liking, inclination


PROTEUS

                         That I may compass yours.


SILVIA

You have your wish; my will is even this,

That presently you hie you home to bed.
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

Thou subtle, perjured, false, disloyal man,
false (adj.) 2 disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful
subtle, subtile (adj.) 1 crafty, cunning, wily

Thinkest thou I am so shallow, so conceitless,
conceitless (adj.) dense, witless, unintelligent

To be seduced by thy flattery

That hast deceived so many with thy vows?

Return, return, and make thy love amends.

For me – by this pale queen of night I swear –

I am so far from granting thy request

That I despise thee for thy wrongful suit;
suit (n.) 2 wooing, courtship

And by and by intend to chide myself
chide (v.), past form chid 1 scold, rebuke, reprove See Topics: Frequency count
chide (v.), past form chid 4 brusquely command, drive [away] with harsh words

Even for this time I spend in talking to thee.


PROTEUS

I grant, sweet love, that I did love a lady,

But she is dead.


JULIA

                          (aside) 'Twere false, if I should speak it;

For I am sure she is not buried.


SILVIA

Say that she be; yet Valentine thy friend

Survives, to whom, thyself art witness,

I am betrothed; and art thou not ashamed

To wrong him with thy importunacy?
importunacy (n.) importunity, urgent solicitation, pressing entreaty


PROTEUS

I likewise hear that Valentine is dead.


SILVIA

And so suppose am I; for in his grave

Assure thyself my love is buried.


PROTEUS

Sweet lady, let me rake it from the earth.


SILVIA

Go to thy lady's grave and call hers thence;

Or, at the least, in hers sepulchre thine.
sepulchre (v.) 1 place in a sepulchre, bury


JULIA

(aside)

He heard not that.


PROTEUS

Madam, if your heart be so obdurate,

Vouchsafe me yet your picture for my love,

The picture that is hanging in your chamber;

To that I'll speak, to that I'll sigh and weep;

For since the substance of your perfect self
devoted (adj.) 2 holy, consecrated, dedicated
perfect (adj.) 10 complete, flawless, unblemished
substance (n.) 1 real thing, genuine article

Is else devoted, I am but a shadow;
else (adv.) 2 elsewhere, in another direction
shadow (n.) 5 spirit, phantom, spectre, ghost

And to your shadow will I make true love.
shadow (n.) 1 image, likeness, portrait, semblance


JULIA

(aside)

If 'twere a substance, you would sure deceive it

And make it but a shadow, as I am.
shadow (n.) 4 illusion, unreal image, delusion


SILVIA

I am very loath to be your idol, sir;

But, since your falsehood shall become you well
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count

To worship shadows and adore false shapes,
false (adj.) 3 sham, spurious, not genuine, artificial

Send to me in the morning and I'll send it;

And so, good rest.


PROTEUS

                         As wretches have o'ernight

That wait for execution in the morn.
morn (n.) morning, dawn See Topics: Frequency count

Exeunt Proteus and Silvia


JULIA

Host, will you go?


HOST

By my halidom, I was fast asleep.


JULIA

Pray you, where lies Sir Proteus?
lie (v.) 1 live, dwell, reside, lodge


HOST

Marry, at my house. Trust me, I think 'tis almost day.
house (n.) 1 inn, tavern


JULIA

Not so; but it hath been the longest night

That e'er I watched, and the most heaviest.
heavy (adj.) 1 sorrowful, sad, gloomy See Topics: Frequency count
watch (v.) 1 stay awake, keep vigil

Exeunt

 
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