The Two Gentlemen of Verona


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Valentine
habit (n.) 4 routine, settled practice, regular behaviour
use (n.) 1 usual practice, habit, custom


VALENTINE

How use doth breed a habit in a man!

This shadowy desert, unfrequented woods,
desert, desart (n.) 5 desolate place, wilderness
shadowy (adj.) shady, shaded

I better brook than flourishing peopled towns.
brook (v.) 1 endure, tolerate, put up with

Here can I sit alone, unseen of any,

And to the nightingale's complaining notes

Tune my distresses, and record my woes.
record (v.) sing, warble, chant
tune (v.) 2 sing, utter, sound out

O thou that dost inhabit in my breast,
inhabit (v.) lodge, dwell, reside

Leave not the mansion so long tenantless,

Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall
ruinous (adj.) ruined, decayed, ravaged

And leave no memory of what it was!

Repair me with thy presence, Silvia;
repair (v.) 2 restore, renew, revive

Thou gentle nymph, cherish thy forlorn swain.
cherish (v.) 1 support, foster, sustain
gentle (adj.) 6 soft, tender, kind
swain (n.) 4 lover, wooer, sweetheart

Noises within
hallowing, hallooing, halloing, holloaing (n.) shouting, hallooing, crying out

What halloing and what stir is this today?

These are my mates, that make their wills their law,
mate (n.) 1 companion, associate, comrade

Have some unhappy passenger in chase.
chase (n.) 1 pursuit, sequence, hunt
passenger (n.) wayfarer, traveller, passer-by

They love me well; yet I have much to do

To keep them from uncivil outrages.
uncivil (adj.) uncivilized, barbarous, unrefined

Withdraw thee, Valentine. Who's this comes here?

He steps aside

Enter Proteus, Silvia, and Julia in a page's costume


PROTEUS

Madam, this service I have done for you,

Though you respect not aught your servant doth,
aught (n.) anything, [with negative word] nothing See Topics: Frequency count
respect (v.) 3 value, have regard for, prize

To hazard life, and rescue you from him

That would have forced your honour and your love.

Vouchsafe me, for my meed, but one fair look;
meed (n.) 1 reward, prize, recompense

A smaller boon than this I cannot beg,
boon (n.) petition, entreaty, request

And less than this, I am sure, you cannot give.


VALENTINE

(aside)

How like a dream is this I see and hear!

Love, lend me patience to forbear awhile.
forbear (v.) 3 control oneself, have patience [for]


SILVIA

O miserable, unhappy that I am!


PROTEUS

Unhappy were you, madam, ere I came;

But by my coming I have made you happy.


SILVIA

By thy approach thou makest me most unhappy.
approach (n.) 2 advances, amorous attention


JULIA

(aside)

And me, when he approacheth to your presence.


SILVIA

Had I been seized by a hungry lion,

I would have been a breakfast to the beast,

Rather than have false Proteus rescue me.
false (adj.) 2 disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful

O, heaven be judge how I love Valentine,

Whose life's as tender to me as my soul!

And full as much, for more there cannot be,

I do detest false perjured Proteus.

Therefore be gone; solicit me no more.


PROTEUS

What dangerous action, stood it next to death,

Would I not undergo for one calm look?

O, 'tis the curse in love, and still approved,
approve (v.) 1 prove, confirm, corroborate, substantiate
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

When women cannot love where they're beloved!


SILVIA

When Proteus cannot love where he's beloved!

Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love,

For whose dear sake thou didst then rend thy faith

Into a thousand oaths; and all those oaths

Descended into perjury, to love me.

Thou hast no faith left now, unless thou'dst two,

And that's far worse than none; better have none

Than plural faith, which is too much by one.

Thou counterfeit to thy true friend!
counterfeit (n.) 1 false imitation, spurious image


PROTEUS

                         In love,

Who respects friend?
respect (v.) 4 scruple about, have qualms about


SILVIA

                         All men but Proteus.


PROTEUS

Nay, if the gentle spirit of moving words
gentle (adj.) 4 peaceful, calm, free from violence

Can no way change you to a milder form,

I'll woo you like a soldier, at arms' end,
arms' end, at at the point of a sword

And love you 'gainst the nature of love – force ye.


SILVIA

O heaven!


PROTEUS

                         I'll force thee yield to my desire.

Valentine steps forward
rude (adj.) 4 uncivilized, uncultivated, unrefined
uncivil (adj.) uncivilized, barbarous, unrefined


VALENTINE

Ruffian, let go that rude uncivil touch;

Thou friend of an ill fashion!
fashion (n.) 6 kind, type, sort
ill (adj.) 2 evil, wicked, immoral


PROTEUS

                         Valentine!


VALENTINE

Thou common friend that's without faith or love –
common (adj.) 1 average, usual, general, ordinary

For such is a friend now; treacherous man,

Thou hast beguiled my hopes; naught but mine eye
beguile (v.) 1 cheat, deceive, trick

Could have persuaded me. Now I dare not say

I have one friend alive: thou wouldst disprove me.

Who should be trusted now, when one's right hand

Is perjured to the bosom? Proteus,

I am sorry I must never trust thee more,

But count the world a stranger for thy sake.

The private wound is deepest. O time most accurst!

'Mongst all foes that a friend should be the worst!


PROTEUS

My shame and guilt confounds me.
confound (v.) 5 discomfit, defeat, put to shame

Forgive me, Valentine; if hearty sorrow

Be a sufficient ransom for offence,

I tender't here; I do as truly suffer
tender (v.) 1 offer, give, present

As e'er I did commit.
commit (v.) 1 sin, transgress, do wrong


VALENTINE

                         Then I am paid;

And once again I do receive thee honest.
receive (v.) 1 consider, believe, regard

Who by repentance is not satisfied

Is nor of heaven nor earth, for these are pleased;

By penitence th' Eternal's wrath's appeased.

And, that my love may appear plain and free,

All that was mine in Silvia I give thee.


JULIA

O me unhappy!

She swoons


PROTEUS

Look to the boy.


VALENTINE

Why, boy? Why, wag, how now? What's the
wag (n.) fellow, lad, mischievous boy

matter? Look up; speak.


JULIA

O, good sir, my master charged me to deliver a ring

to Madam Silvia, which, out of my neglect, was never

done.


PROTEUS

Where is that ring, boy?


JULIA

Here 'tis; this is it.

She offers her own ring


PROTEUS

How? Let me see. Why, this is the ring I gave

to Julia.


JULIA

O, cry you mercy, sir, I have mistook;

This is the ring you sent to Silvia.

She offers another ring


PROTEUS

But how camest thou by this ring? At my

depart I gave this unto Julia.
depart (n.) 1 departure, departing, leave-taking


JULIA

And Julia herself did give it me;

And Julia herself hath brought it hither.


PROTEUS

How? Julia?


JULIA

Behold her that gave aim to all thy oaths,
aim (n.) 2 target, object, goal

And entertained 'em deeply in her heart.

How oft hast thou with perjury cleft the root!
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count
root (n.) 1 bottom [of one's heart]

O Proteus, let this habit make thee blush!
habit (n.) 1 dress, clothing, costume See Topics: Frequency count

Be thou ashamed that I have took upon me

Such an immodest raiment, if shame live

In a disguise of love.

It is the lesser blot, modesty finds,
blot (n.) stain, disgrace, blemish

Women to change their shapes than men their minds.
shape (n.) 1 appearance, aspect, visible form


PROTEUS

Than men their minds? 'Tis true. O heaven, were man

But constant, he were perfect! That one error
constant (adj.) 1 faithful, steadfast, true

Fills him with faults; makes him run through all the sins:

Inconstancy falls off ere it begins.

What is in Silvia's face, but I may spy

More fresh in Julia's with a constant eye?


VALENTINE

Come, come, a hand from either.

Let me be blest to make this happy close;
close (n.) 1 union, uniting

'Twere pity two such friends should be long foes.


PROTEUS

Bear witness, heaven, I have my wish for ever.


JULIA

And I mine.

Enter the Outlaws, with the Duke of Milan and
forbear (v.) 1 stop, cease, desist See Topics: Frequency count

Thurio captives


OUTLAWS

A prize, a prize, a prize!


VALENTINE

                         Forbear,

Forbear, I say! It is my lord the Duke.

Your grace is welcome to a man disgraced,

Banished Valentine.


DUKE

                         Sir Valentine?


THURIO

Yonder is Silvia; and Silvia's mine.


VALENTINE

Thurio, give back, or else embrace thy death;
give back (v.) retire, yield, back off

Come not within the measure of my wrath;
measure (n.) 4 range, reach, scope

Do not name Silvia thine; if once again,

Verona shall not hold thee. Here she stands;
hold (v.) 2 keep, preserve, conserve

Take but possession of her with a touch –

I dare thee but to breathe upon my love.


THURIO

Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I:

I hold him but a fool that will endanger

His body for a girl that loves him not.

I claim her not and therefore she is thine.


DUKE

The more degenerate and base art thou
base (adj.) 1 dishonourable, low, unworthy See Topics: Frequency count

To make such means for her as thou hast done,
means, make take pains, make efforts

And leave her on such slight conditions.
condition (n.) 6 settlement, terms, pact

Now, by the honour of my ancestry,

I do applaud thy spirit, Valentine,

And think thee worthy of an empress' love.

Know, then, I here forget all former griefs,
grief (n.) 1 grievance, complaint, hurt, injury

Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again,
repeal (v.) recall, call back [from exile]

Plead a new state in thy unrivalled merit,
state (n.) 1 condition, circumstances, situation, state of affairs

To which I thus subscribe: Sir Valentine.
subscribe to (v.) 2 make acknowledgement of, admit to

Thou art a gentleman, and well derived;
derived (adj.) descended, in lineage

Take thou thy Silvia, for thou hast deserved her.


VALENTINE

I thank your grace; the gift hath made me happy.

I now beseech you, for your daughter's sake,

To grant one boom that I shall ask of you.
boon (n.) petition, entreaty, request


DUKE

I grant it, for thine own, whate'er it be.


VALENTINE

These banished men, that I have kept withal,
keep (v.) 1 lodge, live, dwell

Are men endued with worthy qualities;

Forgive them what they have committed here,

And let them be recalled from their exile:

They are reformed, civil, full of good,
civil (adj.) 1 civilized, cultured, refined

And fit for great employment, worthy lord.


DUKE

Thou hast prevailed; I pardon them and thee;

Dispose of them as thou knowest their deserts.
desert, desart (n.) 2 worth, merit, deserving

Come, let us go; we will include all jars
include (v.) conclude, settle, bring to a close
jar (n.) 2 discord, disharmony, disagreement

With triumphs, mirth, and rare solemnity.
rare (adj.) 1 marvellous, splendid, excellent
solemnity (n.) 1 celebration, jubilation, festivity
triumph (n.) 1 public festivity, pageant, display of celebration, tournament


VALENTINE

And, as we walk along, I dare be bold
bold (adj.) 2 overconfident, presumptuous, audacious, impudent

With our discourse to make your grace to smile.
discourse (n.) 1 conversation, talk, chat

What think you of this page, my lord?


DUKE

I think the boy hath grace in him; he blushes.


VALENTINE

I warrant you, my lord – more grace than boy.
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count


DUKE

What mean you by that saying?


VALENTINE

Please you, I'll tell you as we pass along,

That you will wonder what hath fortuned.
fortune (v.) happen, chance, occur
wonder (v.) 1 marvel [at], be astonished [at]

Come, Proteus, 'tis your penance but to hear

The story of your loves discovered.
discover (v.) 1 reveal, show, make known See Topics: Frequency count

That done, our day of marriage shall be yours:

One feast, one house, one mutual happiness.

Exeunt

 
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