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The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Act 2, Scene 4

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Act 2, Scene 4

Milan. A room in the Duke’s palace.

  1. Enter Valentine, Silvia, Thurio, Speed.

Silvia

2
  1. Servant!

Valentine

3
  1. Mistress?

Speed

4
  1. Master, Sir Thurio frowns on you.

Valentine

5
  1. Ay, boy, it’s for love.

Speed

6
  1. Not of you.

Valentine

7
  1. Of my mistress then.

Speed

8
  1. ’Twere good you knock’d him.
  1. Exit.

Silvia

10
  1. Servant, you are sad.

Valentine

11
  1. Indeed, madam, I seem so.

Thurio

12
  1. Seem you that you are not?

Valentine

13
  1. Happ’ly I do.

Thurio

14
  1. So do counterfeits.

Valentine

15
  1. So do you.

Thurio

16
  1. What seem I that I am not?

Valentine

17
  1. Wise.

Thurio

18
  1. What instance of the contrary?

Valentine

19
  1. Your folly.

Thurio

20
  1. And how quote you my folly?

Valentine

21
  1. I quote it in your jerkin.

Thurio

22
  1. My jerkin is a doublet.

Valentine

23
  1. Well then I’ll double your folly.

Thurio

24
  1. How?

Silvia

25
  1. What, angry, Sir Thurio? Do you change color?

Valentine

26
  1. Give him leave, madam, he is a kind of chameleon.

Thurio

27 - 28
  1. That hath more mind to feed on your blood than live in your
  2. air.

Valentine

29
  1. You have said, sir.

Thurio

30
  1. Ay, sir, and done toofor this time.

Valentine

31
  1. I know it well, sir; you always end ere you begin.

Silvia

32
  1. A fine volley of words, gentlemen, and quickly shot off.

Valentine

33
  1. ’Tis indeed, madam, we thank the giver.

Silvia

34
  1. Who is that, servant?

Valentine

35 - 37
  1. Yourself, sweet lady, for you gave the fire. Sir Thurio
  2. borrows his wit from your ladyship’s looks, and spends what
  3. he borrows kindly in your company.

Thurio

38 - 39
  1. Sir, if you spend word for word with me, I shall make your
  2. wit bankrupt.

Valentine

40 - 43
  1. I know it well, sir; you have an exchequer of words and, I
  2. think, no other treasure to give your followers; for it
  3. appears by their bare liveries that they live by your bare
  4. words.

Silvia

44
  1. No more, gentlemen, no more; here comes my father.
  1. Enter Duke.

Duke of Milan

46 - 49
  1. Now, daughter Silvia, you are hard beset.
  2. Sir Valentine, your father is in good health:
  3. What say you to a letter from your friends
  4. Of much good news?

Valentine

50 - 51
  1.                    My lord, I will be thankful
  2. To any happy messenger from thence.

Duke of Milan

52
  1. Know ye Don Antonio, your countryman?

Valentine

53 - 55
  1. Ay, my good lord, I know the gentleman
  2. To be of worth and worthy estimation,
  3. And not without desert so well reputed.

Duke of Milan

56
  1. Hath he not a son?

Valentine

57 - 58
  1. Ay, my good lord, a son that well deserves
  2. The honor and regard of such a father.

Duke of Milan

59
  1. You know him well?

Valentine

60 - 72
  1. I knew him as myself: for from our infancy
  2. We have convers’d and spent our hours together,
  3. And though myself have been an idle truant,
  4. Omitting the sweet benefit of time
  5. To clothe mine age with angel-like perfection,
  6. Yet hath Sir Proteus (for that’s his name)
  7. Made use and fair advantage of his days;
  8. His years but young, but his experience old;
  9. His head unmellowed, but his judgment ripe;
  10. And in a word (for far behind his worth
  11. Comes all the praises that I now bestow),
  12. He is complete in feature and in mind
  13. With all good grace to grace a gentleman.

Duke of Milan

73 - 79
  1. Beshrew me, sir, but if he make this good,
  2. He is as worthy for an empress’ love
  3. As meet to be an emperor’s counsellor.
  4. Well, sirthis gentleman is come to me
  5. With commendation from great potentates,
  6. And here he means to spend his time a while.
  7. I think ’tis no unwelcome news to you.

Valentine

80
  1. Should I have wish’d a thing, it had been he.

Duke of Milan

81 - 84
  1. Welcome him then according to his worth
  2. Silvia, I speak to you, and you, Sir Thurio;
  3. For Valentine, I need not cite him to it.
  4. I will send him hither to you presently.
  1. Exit.

Valentine

86 - 88
  1. This is the gentleman I told your ladyship
  2. Had come along with me, but that his mistress
  3. Did hold his eyes lock’d in her crystal looks.

Silvia

89 - 90
  1. Belike that now she hath enfranchis’d them
  2. Upon some other pawn for fealty.

Valentine

91
  1. Nay sure, I think she holds them prisoners still.

Silvia

92 - 93
  1. Nay then he should be blind, and being blind,
  2. How could he see his way to seek out you?

Valentine

94
  1. Why, lady, Love hath twenty pair of eyes.

Thurio

95
  1. They say that Love hath not an eye at all.

Valentine

96 - 97
  1. To see such lovers, Thurio, as yourself:
  2. Upon a homely object Love can wink.

Silvia

98
  1. Have done, have done; here comes the gentleman.
  1. Exit Thurio.
  1. Enter Proteus.

Valentine

101 - 102
  1. Welcome, dear Proteus! Mistress, I beseech you
  2. Confirm his welcome with some special favor.

Silvia

103 - 104
  1. His worth is warrant for his welcome hither,
  2. If this be he you oft have wish’d to hear from.

Valentine

105 - 106
  1. Mistress, it is: sweet lady, entertain him
  2. To be my fellow-servant to your ladyship.

Silvia

107
  1. Too low a mistress for so high a servant.

Proteus

108 - 109
  1. Not so, sweet lady, but too mean a servant
  2. To have a look of such a worthy mistress.

Valentine

110 - 111
  1. Leave off discourse of disability.
  2. Sweet lady, entertain him for your servant.

Proteus

112
  1. My duty will I boast of, nothing else.

Silvia

113 - 114
  1. And duty never yet did want his meed.
  2. Servant, you are welcome to a worthless mistress.

Proteus

115
  1. I’ll die on him that says so but yourself.

Silvia

116
  1. That you are welcome?

Proteus

117
  1.                       That you are worthless.
  1. Enter Thurio.

Thurio

119
  1. Madam, my lord your father would speak with you.

Silvia

120 - 123
  1. I wait upon his pleasure. Come, Sir Thurio,
  2. Go with me. Once more, new servant, welcome;
  3. I’ll leave you to confer of home affairs;
  4. When you have done, we look to hear from you.

Proteus

124
  1. We’ll both attend upon your ladyship.
  1. Exeunt Silvia and Thurio.

Valentine

126
  1. Now tell me: how do all from whence you came?

Proteus

127
  1. Your friends are well and have them much commended.

Valentine

128
  1. And how do yours?

Proteus

129
  1.                   I left them all in health.

Valentine

130
  1. How does your lady, and how thrives your love?

Proteus

131 - 132
  1. My tales of love were wont to weary you;
  2. I know you joy not in a love-discourse.

Valentine

133 - 147
  1. Ay, Proteus, but that life is alter’d now:
  2. I have done penance for contemning Love,
  3. Whose high imperious thoughts have punish’d me
  4. With bitter fasts, with penitential groans,
  5. With nightly tears, and daily heart-sore sighs,
  6. For in revenge of my contempt of love,
  7. Love hath chas’d sleep from my enthralled eyes,
  8. And made them watchers of mine own heart’s sorrow.
  9. O gentle Proteus, Love’s a mighty lord,
  10. And hath so humbled me as I confess
  11. There is no woe to his correction,
  12. Nor to his service no such joy on earth:
  13. Now no discourse, except it be of love;
  14. Now can I break my fast, dine, sup, and sleep,
  15. Upon the very naked name of love.

Proteus

148 - 149
  1. Enough; I read your fortune in your eye.
  2. Was this the idol that you worship so?

Valentine

150
  1. Even she; and is she not a heavenly saint?

Proteus

151
  1. No; but she is an earthly paragon.

Valentine

152
  1. Call her divine.

Proteus

153
  1.                  I will not flatter her.

Valentine

154
  1. O, flatter me; for love delights in praises.

Proteus

155 - 156
  1. When I was sick, you gave me bitter pills,
  2. And I must minister the like to you.

Valentine

157 - 159
  1. Then speak the truth by her; if not divine,
  2. Yet let her be a principality,
  3. Sovereign to all the creatures on the earth.

Proteus

160
  1. Except my mistress.

Valentine

161 - 162
  1.                     Sweet, except not any,
  2. Except thou wilt except against my love.

Proteus

163
  1. Have I not reason to prefer mine own?

Valentine

164 - 170
  1. And I will help thee to prefer her too:
  2. She shall be dignified with this high honor
  3. To bear my lady’s train, lest the base earth
  4. Should from her vesture chance to steal a kiss,
  5. And of so great a favor growing proud,
  6. Disdain to root the summer-swelling flow’r,
  7. And make rough winter everlastingly.

Proteus

171
  1. Why, Valentine, what braggadism is this?

Valentine

172 - 174
  1. Pardon me, Proteus, all I can is nothing
  2. To her, whose worth makes other worthies nothing:
  3. She is alone.

Proteus

175
  1.               Then let her alone.

Valentine

176 - 185
  1. Not for the world. Why, man, she is mine own,
  2. And I as rich in having such a jewel
  3. As twenty seas, if all their sand were pearl,
  4. The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold.
  5. Forgive me, that I do not dream on thee,
  6. Because thou seest me dote upon my love.
  7. My foolish rival, that her father likes
  8. (Only for his possessions are so huge),
  9. Is gone with her along, and I must after,
  10. For love, thou know’st, is full of jealousy.

Proteus

186
  1. But she loves you?

Valentine

187 - 193
  1. Ay, and we are betroth’d: nay more, our marriage hour,
  2. With all the cunning manner of our flight,
  3. Determin’d ofhow I must climb her window,
  4. The ladder made of cords, and all the means
  5. Plotted and ’greed on for my happiness.
  6. Good Proteus, go with me to my chamber,
  7. In these affairs to aid me with thy counsel.

Proteus

194 - 197
  1. Go on before; I shall inquire you forth.
  2. I must unto the road, to disembark
  3. Some necessaries that I needs must use,
  4. And then I’ll presently attend you.

Valentine

198
  1. Will you make haste?

Proteus

199 - 223
  1. I will.
  2. Exit Valentine.
  3. Even as one heat another heat expels,
  4. Or as one nail by strength drives out another,
  5. So the remembrance of my former love
  6. Is by a newer object quite forgotten.
  7. Is it mine eye, or Valentinus’ praise,
  8. Her true perfection, or my false transgression,
  9. That makes me reasonless, to reason thus?
  10. She is fair; and so is Julia that I love
  11. (That I did love, for now my love is thaw’d,
  12. Which like a waxen image ’gainst a fire
  13. Bears no impression of the thing it was).
  14. Methinks my zeal to Valentine is cold,
  15. And that I love him not as I was wont:
  16. O, but I love his lady too too much,
  17. And that’s the reason I love him so little.
  18. How shall I dote on her with more advice,
  19. That thus without advice begin to love her?
  20. ’Tis but her picture I have yet beheld,
  21. And that hath dazzled my reason’s light;
  22. But when I look on her perfections,
  23. There is no reason but I shall be blind.
  24. If I can check my erring love, I will;
  25. If not, to compass her I’ll use my skill.
  1. Exit.
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