The Two Gentlemen of Verona


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Act I
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Act V
Enter Eglamour


EGLAMOUR

This is the hour that Madam Silvia

Entreated me to call and know her mind;

There's some great matter she'd employ me in.

Madam, madam!

Enter Silvia at an upstairs window


SILVIA

                         Who calls?


EGLAMOUR

                                                         Your servant and your friend;

One that attends your ladyship's command.
attend (v.) 1 await, wait for, expect See Topics: Frequency count


SILVIA

Sir Eglamour, a thousand times good morrow.
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count


EGLAMOUR

As many, worthy lady, to yourself!

According to your ladyship's impose,
impose (n.) imposition, command, imposed duty

I am thus early come, to know what service

It is your pleasure to command me in.


SILVIA

O Eglamour, thou art a gentleman –

Think not I flatter, for I swear I do not –

Valiant, wise, remorseful, well-accomplished.
remorseful (adj.) 2 compassionate, caring, full of pity

Thou art not ignorant what dear good will
dear (adj.) 6 heartfelt, earnest, zealous

I bear unto the banished Valentine;

Nor how my father would enforce me marry

Vain Thurio, whom my very soul abhors.
vain (adj.) 1 foolish, silly, stupid

Thyself hast loved, and I have heard thee say

No grief did ever come so near thy heart

As when thy lady and thy true love died,

Upon whose grave thou vowedst pure chastity.

Sir Eglamour, I would to Valentine,

To Mantua, where I hear he makes abode;
abode (n.) 3 dwelling-place, lodging, residence

And, for the ways are dangerous to pass,

I do desire thy worthy company,

Upon whose faith and honour I repose.
repose (v.) confidently settle, happily rely

Urge not my father's anger, Eglamour,
urge (v.) 6 provoke, incite, impel

But think upon my grief, a lady's grief,

And on the justice of my flying hence,

To keep me from a most unholy match,

Which heaven and fortune still rewards with plagues.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

I do desire thee, even from a heart

As full of sorrows as the sea of sands,

To bear me company and go with me;

If not, to hide what I have said to thee,

That I may venture to depart alone.


EGLAMOUR

Madam, I pity much your grievances;
grievance (n.) 1 distress, suffering, pain

Which since I know they virtuously are placed,

I give consent to go along with you,

Recking as little what betideth me
betide (v.) 1 happen (to), befall, come (to)
reck (v.) regard, heed, care [for]

As much I wish all good befortune you.
befortune (v.) befall, happen, come upon

When will you go?


SILVIA

                         This evening coming.


EGLAMOUR

Where shall I meet you?


SILVIA

                         At Friar Patrick's cell,

Where I intend holy confession.


EGLAMOUR

I will not fail your ladyship. Good morrow,

gentle lady.
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count


SILVIA

Good morrow, kind Sir Eglamour.

Exeunt

 
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