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The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Act IV, Scene 1

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Act IV, Scene 1

Scene 1

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

  1. Enter Valentine, Speed, and certain Outlaws.

First Outlaw

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

Second Outlaw

2
  1. If there be ten, shrink not, but down with ’em.

Third Outlaw

3 - 4
  1. Stand, sir, and throw us that you have about ye.
  2. If not, we’ll make you sit, and rifle you.

Speed

5 - 6
  1. Sir, we are undone; these are the villains
  2. That all the travelers do fear so much.

Valentine

7
  1. My friends

First Outlaw

8
  1. That’s not so, sir; we are your enemies.

Second Outlaw

9
  1. Peace! We’ll hear him.

Third Outlaw

10
  1. Ay, by my beard, will we, for he is a proper man.

Valentine

11 - 15
  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

16
  1. Whither travel you?

Valentine

17
  1. To Verona.

First Outlaw

18
  1. Whence came you?

Valentine

19
  1. From Milan.

Third Outlaw

20
  1. Have you long sojourn’d there?

Valentine

21 - 22
  1. Some sixteen months, and longer might have stay’d,
  2. If crooked fortune had not thwarted me.

First Outlaw

23
  1. What, were you banish’d thence?

Valentine

24
  1. I was.

Second Outlaw

25
  1. For what offense?

Valentine

26 - 29
  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

30 - 31
  1. Why, ne’er repent it, if it were done so.
  2. But were you banish’d for so small a fault?

Valentine

32
  1. I was, and held me glad of such a doom.

Second Outlaw

33
  1. Have you the tongues?

Valentine

34 - 35
  1. My youthful travel therein made me happy,
  2. Or else I often had been miserable.

Third Outlaw

36 - 37
  1. By the bare scalp of Robin Hood’s fat friar,
  2. This fellow were a king for our wild faction!

First Outlaw

38
  1. We’ll have him. Sirs, a word.

Speed

39 - 40
  1.                               Master, be one of them;
  2. It’s an honorable kind of thievery.

Valentine

41
  1.                                     Peace, villain.

Second Outlaw

42
  1. Tell us this: have you any thing to take to?

Valentine

43
  1. Nothing but my fortune.

Third Outlaw

44 - 49
  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

50 - 51
  1. And I from Mantua, for a gentleman,
  2. Who, in my mood, I stabb’d unto the heart.

First Outlaw

52 - 58
  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

59 - 63
  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

64 - 67
  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

68
  1. But if thou scorn our courtesy, thou diest.

Second Outlaw

69
  1. Thou shalt not live to brag what we have offer’d.

Valentine

70 - 72
  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

73 - 76
  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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