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The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Act 4, Scene 1

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Act 4, Scene 1

Scene 1

The frontiers of Mantua. A forest between Milan and Verona.

  1. Enter Valentine, Speed, and certain Outlaws.

First Outlaw

2
  1. Fellows, stand fast; I see a passenger.

Second Outlaw

3
  1. If there be ten, shrink not, but down with ’em.

Third Outlaw

4 - 5
  1. Stand, sir, and throw us that you have about ye.
  2. If not, we’ll make you sit, and rifle you.

Speed

6 - 7
  1. Sir, we are undone; these are the villains
  2. That all the travelers do fear so much.

Valentine

8
  1. My friends

First Outlaw

9
  1. That’s not so, sir; we are your enemies.

Second Outlaw

10
  1. Peace! We’ll hear him.

Third Outlaw

11
  1. Ay, by my beard, will we, for he is a proper man.

Valentine

12 - 16
  1. Then know that I have little wealth to lose.
  2. A man I am cross’d with adversity;
  3. My riches are these poor habiliments,
  4. Of which if you should here disfurnish me,
  5. You take the sum and substance that I have.

Second Outlaw

17
  1. Whither travel you?

Valentine

18
  1. To Verona.

First Outlaw

19
  1. Whence came you?

Valentine

20
  1. From Milan.

Third Outlaw

21
  1. Have you long sojourn’d there?

Valentine

22 - 23
  1. Some sixteen months, and longer might have stay’d,
  2. If crooked fortune had not thwarted me.

First Outlaw

24
  1. What, were you banish’d thence?

Valentine

25
  1. I was.

Second Outlaw

26
  1. For what offense?

Valentine

27 - 30
  1. For that which now torments me to rehearse:
  2. I kill’d a man, whose death I much repent,
  3. But yet I slew him manfully in fight,
  4. Without false vantage, or base treachery.

First Outlaw

31 - 32
  1. Why, ne’er repent it, if it were done so.
  2. But were you banish’d for so small a fault?

Valentine

33
  1. I was, and held me glad of such a doom.

Second Outlaw

34
  1. Have you the tongues?

Valentine

35 - 36
  1. My youthful travel therein made me happy,
  2. Or else I often had been miserable.

Third Outlaw

37 - 38
  1. By the bare scalp of Robin Hood’s fat friar,
  2. This fellow were a king for our wild faction!

First Outlaw

39
  1. We’ll have him. Sirs, a word.

Speed

40 - 41
  1.                               Master, be one of them;
  2. It’s an honorable kind of thievery.

Valentine

42
  1.                                     Peace, villain.

Second Outlaw

43
  1. Tell us this: have you any thing to take to?

Valentine

44
  1. Nothing but my fortune.

Third Outlaw

45 - 50
  1. Know then, that some of us are gentlemen,
  2. Such as the fury of ungovern’d youth
  3. Thrust from the company of awful men.
  4. Myself was from Verona banished
  5. For practicing to steal away a lady,
  6. An heir, and near allied unto the Duke.

Second Outlaw

51 - 52
  1. And I from Mantua, for a gentleman,
  2. Who, in my mood, I stabb’d unto the heart.

First Outlaw

53 - 59
  1. And I for such like petty crimes as these.
  2. But to the purposefor we cite our faults
  3. That they may hold excus’d our lawless lives;
  4. And partly, seeing you are beautified
  5. With goodly shape, and by your own report
  6. A linguist, and a man of such perfection
  7. As we do in our quality much want

Second Outlaw

60 - 64
  1. Indeed because you are a banish’d man,
  2. Therefore, above the rest, we parley to you:
  3. Are you content to be our general?
  4. To make a virtue of necessity
  5. And live as we do in this wilderness?

Third Outlaw

65 - 68
  1. What say’st thou? Wilt thou be of our consort?
  2. Say ay and be the captain of us all:
  3. We’ll do thee homage and be rul’d by thee,
  4. Love thee as our commander and our king.

First Outlaw

69
  1. But if thou scorn our courtesy, thou diest.

Second Outlaw

70
  1. Thou shalt not live to brag what we have offer’d.

Valentine

71 - 73
  1. I take your offer, and will live with you,
  2. Provided that you do no outrages
  3. On silly women or poor passengers.

Third Outlaw

74 - 77
  1. No, we detest such vile base practices.
  2. Come, go with us, we’ll bring thee to our crews,
  3. And show thee all the treasure we have got;
  4. Which, with ourselves, all rest at thy dispose.
  1. Exeunt.
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