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The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Act 1, Scene 1

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Act 1, Scene 1

Scene 1

Verona. An open place.

  1. Enter Valentine, Proteus.

Valentine

2 - 11
  1. Cease to persuade, my loving Proteus:
  2. Home-keeping youth have ever homely wits.
  3. Were’t not affection chains thy tender days
  4. To the sweet glances of thy honor’d love,
  5. I rather would entreat thy company,
  6. To see the wonders of the world abroad,
  7. Than (living dully sluggardiz’d at home)
  8. Wear out thy youth with shapeless idleness.
  9. But since thou lov’st, love still, and thrive therein,
  10. Even as I would, when I to love begin.

Proteus

12 - 19
  1. Wilt thou be gone? Sweet Valentine, adieu,
  2. Think on thy Proteus, when thou, happ’ly, seest
  3. Some rare noteworthy object in thy travel.
  4. Wish me partaker in thy happiness
  5. When thou dost meet good hap; and in thy danger
  6. (If ever danger do environ thee)
  7. Commend thy grievance to my holy prayers,
  8. For I will be thy beadsman, Valentine.

Valentine

20
  1. And on a love-book pray for my success?

Proteus

21
  1. Upon some book I love I’ll pray for thee.

Valentine

22 - 23
  1. That’s on some shallow story of deep love,
  2. How young Leander cross’d the Hellespont.

Proteus

24 - 25
  1. That’s a deep story of a deeper love,
  2. For he was more than over shoes in love.

Valentine

26 - 27
  1. ’Tis true; for you are over boots in love,
  2. And yet you never swom the Hellespont.

Proteus

28
  1. Over the boots? Nay, give me not the boots.

Valentine

29
  1. No, I will not; for it boots thee not.

Proteus

30
  1.                                        What?

Valentine

31 - 37
  1. To be in lovewhere scorn is bought with groans;
  2. Coy looks with heart-sore sighs; one fading moment’s mirth
  3. With twenty watchful, weary, tedious nights:
  4. If happ’ly won, perhaps a hapless gain;
  5. If lost, why then a grievous labor won;
  6. Howeverbut a folly bought with wit,
  7. Or else a wit by folly vanquished.

Proteus

38
  1. So, by your circumstance, you call me fool.

Valentine

39
  1. So, by your circumstance, I fear you’ll prove.

Proteus

40
  1. ’Tis love you cavil at, I am not Love.

Valentine

41 - 43
  1. Love is your master, for he masters you;
  2. And he that is so yoked by a fool,
  3. Methinks should not be chronicled for wise.

Proteus

44 - 46
  1. Yet writers say: as in the sweetest bud
  2. The eating canker dwells, so eating love
  3. Inhabits in the finest wits of all.

Valentine

47 - 56
  1. And writers say: as the most forward bud
  2. Is eaten by the canker ere it blow,
  3. Even so by love the young and tender wit
  4. Is turn’d to folly, blasting in the bud,
  5. Losing his verdure, even in the prime,
  6. And all the fair effects of future hopes.
  7. But wherefore waste I time to counsel thee
  8. That art a votary to fond desire?
  9. Once more adieu. My father at the road
  10. Expects my coming, there to see me shipp’d.

Proteus

57
  1. And thither will I bring thee, Valentine.

Valentine

58 - 62
  1. Sweet Proteus, no; now let us take our leave.
  2. To Milan let me hear from thee by letters
  3. Of thy success in love, and what news else
  4. Betideth here in absence of thy friend;
  5. And I likewise will visit thee with mine.

Proteus

63
  1. All happiness bechance to thee in Milan.

Valentine

64
  1. As much to you at home; and so farewell.
  1. Exit.

Proteus

66 - 72
  1. He after honor hunts, I after love:
  2. He leaves his friends, to dignify them more;
  3. I leave myself, my friends, and all, for love.
  4. Thou, Julia, thou hast metamorphis’d me,
  5. Made me neglect my studies, lose my time,
  6. War with good counsel, set the world at nought;
  7. Made wit with musing weak, heart sick with thought.
  1. Enter Speed.

Speed

74
  1. Sir Proteus! ’Save you! Saw you my master?

Proteus

75
  1. But now he parted hence to embark for Milan.

Speed

76 - 77
  1. Twenty to one then he is shipp’d already,
  2. And I have play’d the sheep in losing him.

Proteus

78 - 79
  1. Indeed a sheep doth very often stray,
  2. And if the shepherd be awhile away.

Speed

80 - 81
  1. You conclude that my master is a shepherd then, and I a
  2. sheep?

Proteus

82
  1. I do.

Speed

83
  1. Why then my horns are his horns, whether I wake or sleep.

Proteus

84
  1. A silly answer, and fitting well a sheep.

Speed

85
  1. This proves me still a sheep.

Proteus

86
  1. True; and thy master a shepherd.

Speed

87
  1. Nay, that I can deny by a circumstance.

Proteus

88
  1. It shall go hard but I’ll prove it by another.

Speed

89 - 91
  1. The shepherd seeks the sheep, and not the sheep the
  2. shepherd; but I seek my master, and my master seeks not me:
  3. therefore I am no sheep.

Proteus

92 - 95
  1. The sheep for fodder follow the shepherd, the shepherd for
  2. food follows not the sheep; thou for wages followest thy
  3. master, thy master for wages follows not thee: therefore
  4. thou art a sheep.

Speed

96
  1. Such another proof will make me cry baa.”

Proteus

97
  1. But dost thou hear? Gav’st thou my letter to Julia?

Speed

98 - 100
  1. Ay, sir; I (a lost mutton) gave your letter to her (a lac’d
  2. mutton), and she (a lac’d mutton) gave me (a lost mutton)
  3. nothing for my labor.

Proteus

101
  1. Here’s too small a pasture for such store of muttons.

Speed

102
  1. If the ground be overcharg’d, you were best stick her.

Proteus

103
  1. Nay, in that you are astray; ’twere best pound you.

Speed

104 - 105
  1. Nay, sir, less than a pound shall serve me for carrying your
  2. letter.

Proteus

106
  1. You mistake; I mean the pounda pinfold.

Speed

107 - 109
  1. From a pound to a pin? Fold it over and over,
  2. ’Tis threefold too little for carrying a letter to your
  3. lover.

Proteus

110
  1. But what said she?
  1. Speed nods, and Proteus looks at him questioningly.

Speed

112
  1. Ay.

Proteus

113
  1. Nod-aywhy, that’s noddy.”

Speed

114 - 115
  1. You mistook, sir: I say, she did nod; and you ask me if she
  2. did nod, and I say, Ay.”

Proteus

116
  1. And that set together is noddy.”

Speed

117 - 118
  1. Now you have taken the pains to set it together, take it for
  2. your pains.

Proteus

119
  1. No, no, you shall have it for bearing the letter.

Speed

120
  1. Well, I perceive I must be fain to bear with you.

Proteus

121
  1. Why, sir, how do you bear with me?

Speed

122 - 123
  1. Marry, sir, the letter, very orderly, having nothing but the
  2. word noddy for my pains.

Proteus

124
  1. Beshrew me, but you have a quick wit.

Speed

125
  1. And yet it cannot overtake your slow purse.

Proteus

126
  1. Come, come, open the matter in brief: what said she?

Speed

127 - 128
  1. Open your purse, that the money and the matter may be both
  2. at once deliver’d.

Proteus

129
  1. Well, sir, here is for your pains. What said she?

Speed

130
  1. Truly, sir, I think you’ll hardly win her.

Proteus

131
  1. Why? Couldst thou perceive so much from her?

Speed

132 - 136
  1. Sir, I could perceive nothing at all from her; no, not so
  2. much as a ducat for delivering your letter: and being so
  3. hard to me that brought your mind, I fear she’ll prove as
  4. hard to you in telling your mind. Give her no token but
  5. stones, for she’s as hard as steel.

Proteus

137
  1. What said she? Nothing?

Speed

138 - 141
  1. No, not so much as Take this for thy pains.” To testify
  2. your bounty, I thank you, you have testern’d me; in requital
  3. whereof, henceforth carry your letters yourself: and so,
  4. sir, I’ll commend you to my master.

Proteus

142 - 148
  1. Go, go, be gone, to save your ship from wrack,
  2. Which cannot perish having thee aboard,
  3. Being destin’d to a drier death on shore.
  4. Exit Speed.
  5. I must go send some better messenger:
  6. I fear my Julia would not deign my lines,
  7. Receiving them from such a worthless post.
  1. Exit.
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