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Act 2, scene 3
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The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Act 2, scene 3



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The Two Gentlemen of Verona tells the story of two devoted friends, Valentine and Proteus. Valentine leaves their home city of…

Act 1, scene 1

Valentine, preparing to leave for Milan, says farewell to Proteus, who stays in Verona to be near Julia. Valentine’s servant,…

Act 1, scene 2

Julia receives Proteus’ letter and pretends to be very angry at his presumption.

Act 1, scene 3

Proteus, reading a letter from Julia, encounters his father, Antonio, and tells him that the letter is from Valentine, who…

Act 2, scene 1

Valentine learns (with Speed’s help) that the letter Sylvia had him write conveying her love to an admirer was intended…

Act 2, scene 2

Proteus takes his leave of Julia, promising to be faithful and sealing their love with a kind of “handfasting” or…

Act 2, scene 3

Lance grieves that he must part from his family to travel with Proteus, and he chastises his dog, Crab, for…

Act 2, scene 4

Proteus arrives and is greeted by Valentine and Sylvia. He immediately falls in love with Sylvia.

Act 2, scene 5

Lance describes for Speed the tender parting of Proteus from Julia and hears about Valentine’s love for Sylvia.

Act 2, scene 6

Proteus decides to betray Valentine’s elopement plans to Sylvia’s father as a step on the way to winning Sylvia for…

Act 2, scene 7

Julia decides to follow Proteus to Milan and asks Lucetta to help her disguise herself as a page.

Act 3, scene 1

Proteus betrays Valentine’s elopement plans to Sylvia’s father, who banishes Valentine. Proteus pretends to grieve with Valentine and, telling him…

Act 3, scene 2

The Duke enlists Proteus’ aid in making Sylvia fall in love with Thurio. Proteus offers to slander Valentine and to…

Act 4, scene 1

Valentine and Speed are captured by outlaws. Valentine agrees to become their captain.

Act 4, scene 2

Proteus serenades Sylvia, supposedly on Thurio’s behalf. As Julia watches, disguised as a page, Proteus sings his love song to…

Act 4, scene 3

Sylvia, determined to escape the pursuit of Thurio and Proteus, persuades Sir Eglamour to accompany her that evening on a…

Act 4, scene 4

Proteus learns to his horror that Lance has tried to present Crab to Sylvia as a gift. Proteus then sends…

Act 5, scene 1

Sylvia and Sir Eglamour set out on their journey.

Act 5, scene 2

The Duke informs Proteus and Thurio of Sylvia’s flight. They each decide to follow her.

Act 5, scene 3

Sylvia is captured by the outlaws, while Sir Eglamour flees.

Act 5, scene 4

As Valentine watches from hiding, Sylvia is brought in by Proteus, who has taken her from the outlaws. Proteus pleads…

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Scene 3
Enter Lance, weeping, with his dog, Crab.

LANCE Nay,’twill be this hour ere I have done weeping.
 All the kind of the Lances have this very fault. I have
 received my proportion like the Prodigious Son and
 am going with Sir Proteus to the Imperial’s court. I
5 think Crab my dog be the sourest-natured dog that
 lives: my mother weeping, my father wailing, my
 sister crying, our maid howling, our cat wringing
 her hands, and all our house in a great perplexity,
 yet did not this cruel-hearted cur shed one tear. He
10 is a stone, a very pibble stone, and has no more pity
 in him than a dog. A Jew would have wept to have
 seen our parting. Why, my grandam, having no
 eyes, look you, wept herself blind at my parting.
 Nay, I’ll show you the manner of it. He takes off his
15This shoe is my father. No, this left shoe is
 my father; no, no, this left shoe is my mother. Nay,
 that cannot be so neither. Yes, it is so, it is so; it hath
 the worser sole. This shoe with the hole in it is my
 mother; and this my father. A vengeance on ’t, there
20 ’tis! Now sir, this staff is my sister, for, look you, she
 is as white as a lily and as small as a wand. This hat
 is Nan, our maid. I am the dog. No, the dog is
 himself, and I am the dog. O, the dog is me, and I
 am myself. Ay, so, so. Now come I to my father:
25 “Father, your blessing.” Now should not the shoe
 speak a word for weeping. Now should I kiss my
 father. He kisses one shoe. Well, he weeps on. Now

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ACT 2. SC. 3

 come I to my mother. O, that she could speak now
 like a wold woman! Well, I kiss her. He kisses the
 other shoe. 
30Why, there ’tis; here’s my mother’s
 breath up and down. Now come I to my sister. Mark
 the moan she makes! Now the dog all this while
 sheds not a tear nor speaks a word. But see how I
 lay the dust with my tears.

Enter Pantino.

PANTINO 35Lance, away, away! Aboard. Thy master is
 shipped, and thou art to post after with oars. What’s
 the matter? Why weep’st thou, man? Away, ass.
 You’ll lose the tide if you tarry any longer.
LANCE It is no matter if the tied were lost, for it is the
40 unkindest tied that ever any man tied.
PANTINO What’s the unkindest tide?
LANCE Why, he that’s tied here, Crab my dog.
PANTINO Tut, man. I mean thou ’lt lose the flood and, in
 losing the flood, lose thy voyage and, in losing thy
45 voyage, lose thy master and, in losing thy master,
 lose thy service and, in losing thy service—Lance
 covers Pantino’s mouth. 
Why dost thou stop my
LANCE For fear thou shouldst lose thy tongue.
PANTINO 50Where should I lose my tongue?
LANCE In thy tale.
PANTINO In thy tail!
LANCE Lose the tide, and the voyage, and the master,
 and the service, and the tied. Why, man, if the river
55 were dry, I am able to fill it with my tears; if the
 wind were down, I could drive the boat with my
PANTINO Come. Come away, man. I was sent to call
LANCE 60Sir, call me what thou dar’st.

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ACT 2. SC. 4

PANTINO Wilt thou go?
LANCE Well, I will go.
They exit.