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The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Act II, Scene 1

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Act II, Scene 1

Scene 1

Milan. A room in the Duke’s palace.

  1. Enter Valentine, Speed.

Speed

1
  1. Sir, your glove.

Valentine

2
  1.                  Not mine: my gloves are on.

Speed

3
  1. Why then this may be yoursfor this is but one.

Valentine

4 - 6
  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

7
  1. Shouting.
  2.                     Madam Silvia! Madam Silvia!

Valentine

8
  1. How now, sirrah?

Speed

9
  1. She is not within hearing, sir.

Valentine

10
  1. Why, sir, who bade you call her?

Speed

11
  1. Your worship, sir, or else I mistook.

Valentine

12
  1. WellYou’ll still be too forward.

Speed

13
  1. And yet I was last chidden for being too slow.

Valentine

14
  1. Go to, sir; tell me, do you know Madam Silvia?

Speed

15
  1. She that your worship loves?

Valentine

16
  1. Why, how know you that I am in love?

Speed

17 - 29
  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

30
  1. Are all these things perceiv’d in me?

Speed

31
  1. They are all perceiv’d without ye.

Valentine

32
  1. Without me? They cannot.

Speed

33 - 37
  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

38
  1. But tell me: dost thou know my lady Silvia?

Speed

39
  1. She that you gaze on so as she sits at supper?

Valentine

40
  1. Hast thou observ’d that? Even she I mean.

Speed

41
  1. Why, sir, I know her not.

Valentine

42 - 43
  1. Dost thou know her by my gazing on her, and yet know’st her
  2. not?

Speed

44
  1. Is she not hard-favor’d, sir?

Valentine

45
  1. Not so fair, boy, as well-favor’d.

Speed

46
  1. Sir, I know that well enough.

Valentine

47
  1. What dost thou know?

Speed

48
  1. That she is not so fair as (of you) well favor’d.

Valentine

49
  1. I mean that her beauty is exquisite, but her favor infinite.

Speed

50 - 51
  1. That’s because the one is painted, and the other out of all
  2. count.

Valentine

52
  1. How painted? And how out of count?

Speed

53 - 54
  1. Marry, sir, so painted to make her fair, that no man counts
  2. of her beauty.

Valentine

55
  1. How esteem’st thou me? I account of her beauty.

Speed

56
  1. You never saw her since she was deform’d.

Valentine

57
  1. How long hath she been deform’d?

Speed

58
  1. Ever since you lov’d her.

Valentine

59 - 60
  1. I have lov’d her ever since I saw her, and still I see her
  2. beautiful.

Speed

61
  1. If you love her, you cannot see her.

Valentine

62
  1. Why?

Speed

63 - 65
  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

66
  1. What should I see then?

Speed

67 - 69
  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

70 - 71
  1. Belike, boy, then you are in lovefor last morning you could
  2. not see to wipe my shoes.

Speed

72 - 74
  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

75
  1. In conclusion, I stand affected to her.

Speed

76
  1. I would you were set, so your affection would cease.

Valentine

77 - 78
  1. Last night she enjoin’d me to write some lines to one she
  2. loves.

Speed

79
  1. And have you?

Valentine

80
  1. I have.

Speed

81
  1. Are they not lamely writ?

Valentine

82 - 83
  1. No, boy, but as well as I can do them.
  2. Enter Silvia.
  3. Peace, here she comes.

Speed

84 - 85
  1. Aside.
  2. O excellent motion! O exceeding puppet! Now will he
  3. interpret to her.

Valentine

86
  1. Madam and mistress, a thousand good morrows.

Speed

87
  1. Aside.
  2. O, give ye good ev’n! Here’s a million of manners.

Silvia

88
  1. Sir Valentine and servant, to you two thousand.

Speed

89
  1. Aside.
  2. He should give her interest, and she gives it him.

Valentine

90 - 93
  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

94
  1. I thank you, gentle servant’tis very clerkly done.

Valentine

95 - 97
  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

98
  1. Perchance you think too much of so much pains?

Valentine

99 - 101
  1. No, madam; so it stead you, I will write
  2. (Please you command) a thousand times as much;
  3. And yet

Silvia

102 - 105
  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

106
  1. Aside.
  2. And yet you will; and yet another yet.”

Valentine

107
  1. What means your ladyship? Do you not like it?

Silvia

108 - 110
  1. Yes, yes; the lines are very quaintly writ,
  2. But (since unwillingly) take them again.
  3. Nay, take them.

Valentine

111
  1. Madam, they are for you.

Silvia

112 - 114
  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

115
  1. Please you, I’ll write your ladyship another.

Silvia

116 - 117
  1. And when it’s writ, for my sake read it over,
  2. And if it please you, so; if not, why, so.

Valentine

118
  1. If it please me, madam, what then?

Silvia

119 - 120
  1. Why, if it please you, take it for your labor;
  2. And so good morrow, servant.
  1. Exit Silvia.

Speed

121 - 126
  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

127
  1. How now, sir? What are you reasoning with yourself?

Speed

128
  1. Nay, I was rhyming; ’tis you that have the reason.

Valentine

129
  1. To do what?

Speed

130
  1. To be a spokesman from Madam Silvia.

Valentine

131
  1. To whom?

Speed

132
  1. To yourself; why, she woos you by a figure.

Valentine

133
  1. What figure?

Speed

134
  1. By a letter, I should say.

Valentine

135
  1. Why, she hath not writ to me?

Speed

136 - 137
  1. What need she, when she hath made you write to yourself?
  2. Why, do you not perceive the jest?

Valentine

138
  1. No, believe me.

Speed

139 - 140
  1. No believing you indeed, sir: but did you perceive her
  2. earnest?

Valentine

141
  1. She gave me none, except an angry word.

Speed

142
  1. Why, she hath given you a letter.

Valentine

143
  1. That’s the letter I writ to her friend.

Speed

144
  1. And that letter hath she deliver’d, and there an end.

Valentine

145
  1. I would it were no worse.

Speed

146 - 152
  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

153
  1. I have din’d.

Speed

154 - 157
  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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