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The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Act 2, Scene 1

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Act 2, Scene 1

Scene 1

Milan. A room in the Duke’s palace.

  1. Enter Valentine, Speed.

Speed

2
  1. Sir, your glove.

Valentine

3
  1.                  Not mine: my gloves are on.

Speed

4
  1. Why then this may be yoursfor this is but one.

Valentine

5 - 7
  1. Ha? Let me see; ay, give it me, it’s mine:
  2. Sweet ornament that decks a thing divine
  3. Ah, Silvia, Silvia!

Speed

8 - 9
  1. Shouting.
  2.                     Madam Silvia! Madam Silvia!

Valentine

10
  1. How now, sirrah?

Speed

11
  1. She is not within hearing, sir.

Valentine

12
  1. Why, sir, who bade you call her?

Speed

13
  1. Your worship, sir, or else I mistook.

Valentine

14
  1. WellYou’ll still be too forward.

Speed

15
  1. And yet I was last chidden for being too slow.

Valentine

16
  1. Go to, sir; tell me, do you know Madam Silvia?

Speed

17
  1. She that your worship loves?

Valentine

18
  1. Why, how know you that I am in love?

Speed

19 - 31
  1. Marry, by these special marks: first, you have learn’d, like
  2. Sir Proteus, to wreathe your arms, like a malcontent; to
  3. relish a love-song, like a robin-redbreast; to walk alone,
  4. like one that had the pestilence; to sigh, like a schoolboy
  5. that had lost his A B C; to weep, like a young wench that
  6. had buried her grandam; to fast, like one that takes diet;
  7. to watch, like one that fears robbing; to speak puling, like
  8. a beggar at Hallowmas. You were wont, when you laugh’d, to
  9. crow like a cock; when you walk’d, to walk like one of the
  10. lions; when you fasted, it was presently after dinner; when
  11. you look’d sadly, it was for want of money: and now you are
  12. metamorphis’d with a mistress, that when I look on you, I
  13. can hardly think you my master.

Valentine

32
  1. Are all these things perceiv’d in me?

Speed

33
  1. They are all perceiv’d without ye.

Valentine

34
  1. Without me? They cannot.

Speed

35 - 39
  1. Without you? Nay, that’s certain; for without you were so
  2. simple, none else would: but you are so without these
  3. follies, that these follies are within you, and shine
  4. through you like the water in an urinal, that not an eye
  5. that sees you but is a physician to comment on your malady.

Valentine

40
  1. But tell me: dost thou know my lady Silvia?

Speed

41
  1. She that you gaze on so as she sits at supper?

Valentine

42
  1. Hast thou observ’d that? Even she I mean.

Speed

43
  1. Why, sir, I know her not.

Valentine

44 - 45
  1. Dost thou know her by my gazing on her, and yet know’st her
  2. not?

Speed

46
  1. Is she not hard-favor’d, sir?

Valentine

47
  1. Not so fair, boy, as well-favor’d.

Speed

48
  1. Sir, I know that well enough.

Valentine

49
  1. What dost thou know?

Speed

50
  1. That she is not so fair as (of you) well favor’d.

Valentine

51
  1. I mean that her beauty is exquisite, but her favor infinite.

Speed

52 - 53
  1. That’s because the one is painted, and the other out of all
  2. count.

Valentine

54
  1. How painted? And how out of count?

Speed

55 - 56
  1. Marry, sir, so painted to make her fair, that no man counts
  2. of her beauty.

Valentine

57
  1. How esteem’st thou me? I account of her beauty.

Speed

58
  1. You never saw her since she was deform’d.

Valentine

59
  1. How long hath she been deform’d?

Speed

60
  1. Ever since you lov’d her.

Valentine

61 - 62
  1. I have lov’d her ever since I saw her, and still I see her
  2. beautiful.

Speed

63
  1. If you love her, you cannot see her.

Valentine

64
  1. Why?

Speed

65 - 67
  1. Because Love is blind. O that you had mine eyes, or your own
  2. eyes had the lights they were wont to have when you chid at
  3. Sir Proteus for going ungarter’d!

Valentine

68
  1. What should I see then?

Speed

69 - 71
  1. Your own present folly, and her passing deformity: for he,
  2. being in love, could not see to garter his hose; and you,
  3. being in love, cannot see to put on your hose.

Valentine

72 - 73
  1. Belike, boy, then you are in lovefor last morning you could
  2. not see to wipe my shoes.

Speed

74 - 76
  1. True, sir; I was in love with my bed. I thank you, you
  2. swing’d me for my love, which makes me the bolder to chide
  3. you for yours.

Valentine

77
  1. In conclusion, I stand affected to her.

Speed

78
  1. I would you were set, so your affection would cease.

Valentine

79 - 80
  1. Last night she enjoin’d me to write some lines to one she
  2. loves.

Speed

81
  1. And have you?

Valentine

82
  1. I have.

Speed

83
  1. Are they not lamely writ?

Valentine

84 - 86
  1. No, boy, but as well as I can do them.
  2. Enter Silvia.
  3. Peace, here she comes.

Speed

87 - 89
  1. Aside.
  2. O excellent motion! O exceeding puppet! Now will he
  3. interpret to her.

Valentine

90
  1. Madam and mistress, a thousand good morrows.

Speed

91 - 92
  1. Aside.
  2. O, give ye good ev’n! Here’s a million of manners.

Silvia

93
  1. Sir Valentine and servant, to you two thousand.

Speed

94 - 95
  1. Aside.
  2. He should give her interest, and she gives it him.

Valentine

96 - 99
  1. As you enjoin’d me, I have writ your letter
  2. Unto the secret, nameless friend of yours;
  3. Which I was much unwilling to proceed in,
  4. But for my duty to your ladyship.

Silvia

100
  1. I thank you, gentle servant’tis very clerkly done.

Valentine

101 - 103
  1. Now trust me, madam, it came hardly off;
  2. For being ignorant to whom it goes,
  3. I writ at random, very doubtfully.

Silvia

104
  1. Perchance you think too much of so much pains?

Valentine

105 - 107
  1. No, madam; so it stead you, I will write
  2. (Please you command) a thousand times as much;
  3. And yet

Silvia

108 - 111
  1. A pretty period! WellI guess the sequel;
  2. And yet I will not name itand yet I care not
  3. And yet take this againand yet I thank you
  4. Meaning henceforth to trouble you no more.

Speed

112 - 113
  1. Aside.
  2. And yet you will; and yet another yet.”

Valentine

114
  1. What means your ladyship? Do you not like it?

Silvia

115 - 117
  1. Yes, yes; the lines are very quaintly writ,
  2. But (since unwillingly) take them again.
  3. Nay, take them.

Valentine

118
  1. Madam, they are for you.

Silvia

119 - 121
  1. Ay, ay; you writ them, sir, at my request,
  2. But I will none of them; they are for you.
  3. I would have had them writ more movingly.

Valentine

122
  1. Please you, I’ll write your ladyship another.

Silvia

123 - 124
  1. And when it’s writ, for my sake read it over,
  2. And if it please you, so; if not, why, so.

Valentine

125
  1. If it please me, madam, what then?

Silvia

126 - 127
  1. Why, if it please you, take it for your labor;
  2. And so good morrow, servant.
  1. Exit Silvia.

Speed

129 - 134
  1. O jest unseen, inscrutable; invisible,
  2. As a nose on a man’s face, or a weathercock on a steeple!
  3. My master sues to her; and she hath taught her suitor,
  4. He being her pupil, to become her tutor.
  5. O excellent device, was there ever heard a better,
  6. That my master being scribe, to himself should write the letter?

Valentine

135
  1. How now, sir? What are you reasoning with yourself?

Speed

136
  1. Nay, I was rhyming; ’tis you that have the reason.

Valentine

137
  1. To do what?

Speed

138
  1. To be a spokesman from Madam Silvia.

Valentine

139
  1. To whom?

Speed

140
  1. To yourself; why, she woos you by a figure.

Valentine

141
  1. What figure?

Speed

142
  1. By a letter, I should say.

Valentine

143
  1. Why, she hath not writ to me?

Speed

144 - 145
  1. What need she, when she hath made you write to yourself?
  2. Why, do you not perceive the jest?

Valentine

146
  1. No, believe me.

Speed

147 - 148
  1. No believing you indeed, sir: but did you perceive her
  2. earnest?

Valentine

149
  1. She gave me none, except an angry word.

Speed

150
  1. Why, she hath given you a letter.

Valentine

151
  1. That’s the letter I writ to her friend.

Speed

152
  1. And that letter hath she deliver’d, and there an end.

Valentine

153
  1. I would it were no worse.

Speed

154 - 160
  1. I’ll warrant you, ’tis as well:
  2. For often have you writ to her; and she in modesty,
  3. Or else for want of idle time, could not again reply;
  4. Or fearing else some messenger, that might her mind discover,
  5. Herself hath taught her love himself to write unto her lover.”
  6. All this I speak in print, for in print I found it. Why muse
  7. you, sir? ’Tis dinner-time.

Valentine

161
  1. I have din’d.

Speed

162 - 165
  1. Ay, but hearken, sir; though the chameleon Love can feed on
  2. the air, I am one that am nourish’d by my victuals, and
  3. would fain have meat. O, be not like your mistressbe mov’d,
  4. be mov’d.
  1. Exeunt.
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