The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Act V, Scene 2
Milan. A room in the Duke’s palace.
- Enter Thurio, Proteus, Julia disguised as Sebastian.
- Sir Proteus, what says Silvia to my suit?
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- O, sir, I find her milder than she was,
- And yet she takes exceptions at your person.
- What? That my leg is too long?
- No, that it is too little.
- I’ll wear a boot, to make it somewhat rounder.
- But love will not be spurr’d to what it loathes.
- What says she to my face?
- She says it is a fair one.
- Nay then the wanton lies; my face is black.
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- But pearls are fair; and the old saying is,
- Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies’ eyes.
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- ’Tis true, such pearls as put out ladies’ eyes,
- For I had rather wink than look on them.
- How likes she my discourse?
- Ill, when you talk of war.
- But well, when I discourse of love and peace.
- But better indeed, when you hold your peace.
- What says she to my valor?
- O, sir, she makes no doubt of that.
- She needs not, when she knows it cowardice.
- What says she to my birth?
- That you are well deriv’d.
- True: from a gentleman to a fool.
- Considers she my possessions?
- O ay; and pities them.
- That such an ass should owe them.
- That they are out by lease.
- Here comes the Duke.
- Enter Duke.
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- How now, Sir Proteus? How now, Thurio?
- Which of you saw Eglamour of late?
- Not I.
- Nor I.
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- Saw you my daughter?
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- Why then
- She’s fled unto that peasant Valentine;
- And Eglamour is in her company.
- ’Tis true; for Friar Laurence met them both,
- As he in penance wander’d through the forest;
- Him he knew well, and guess’d that it was she,
- But being mask’d, he was not sure of it;
- Besides, she did intend confession
- At Patrick’s cell this even, and there she was not.
- These likelihoods confirm her flight from hence:
- Therefore I pray you stand not to discourse,
- But mount you presently and meet with me
- Upon the rising of the mountain foot
- That leads toward Mantua, whither they are fled.
- Dispatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me.
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- Why, this it is to be a peevish girl,
- That flies her fortune when it follows her.
- I’ll after, more to be reveng’d on Eglamour
- Than for the love of reckless Silvia.
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- And I will follow, more for Silvia’s love
- Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her.
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- And I will follow, more to cross that love
- Than hate for Silvia, that is gone for love.