List iconThe Two Gentlemen of Verona:
Act 2, scene 5
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The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Act 2, scene 5



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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 5
Enter Speed and Lance, with his dog, Crab.

SPEED Lance, by mine honesty, welcome to Padua.
LANCE Forswear not thyself, sweet youth, for I am not
 welcome. I reckon this always: that a man is never
 undone till he be hanged, nor never welcome to a
5 place till some certain shot be paid and the Hostess
 say welcome.
SPEED Come on, you madcap. I’ll to the alehouse with
 you presently, where, for one shot of five pence,
 thou shalt have five thousand welcomes. But, sirrah,
10 how did thy master part with Madam Julia?
LANCE Marry, after they closed in earnest, they parted
 very fairly in jest.
SPEED But shall she marry him?
SPEED 15How then? Shall he marry her?
LANCE No, neither.
SPEED What, are they broken?
LANCE No, they are both as whole as a fish.
SPEED Why then, how stands the matter with them?
LANCE 20Marry, thus: when it stands well with him, it
 stands well with her.
SPEED What an ass art thou! I understand thee not.
LANCE What a block art thou that thou canst not! My
 staff understands me.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
ACT 2. SC. 6

SPEED 25What thou sayst?
LANCE Ay, and what I do too. Look thee, I’ll but lean,
 and my staff understands me.
SPEED It stands under thee indeed.
LANCE Why, “stand under” and “understand” is all
30 one.
SPEED But tell me true, will ’t be a match?
LANCE Ask my dog. If he say “Ay,” it will; if he say
 “No,” it will; if he shake his tail and say nothing, it
SPEED 35The conclusion is, then, that it will.
LANCE Thou shalt never get such a secret from me but
 by a parable.
SPEED ’Tis well that I get it so. But, Lance, how sayst
 thou that my master is become a notable lover?
LANCE 40I never knew him otherwise.
SPEED Than how?
LANCE A notable lubber, as thou reportest him to be.
SPEED Why, thou whoreson ass, thou mistak’st me.
LANCE Why, fool, I meant not thee; I meant thy master.
SPEED 45I tell thee, my master is become a hot lover.
LANCE Why, I tell thee, I care not though he burn
 himself in love. If thou wilt, go with me to the
 alehouse; if not, thou art an Hebrew, a Jew, and not
 worth the name of a Christian.
SPEED 50Why?
LANCE Because thou hast not so much charity in thee
 as to go to the ale with a Christian. Wilt thou go?
SPEED At thy service.
They exit.