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The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Act 2, scene 7

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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 7
Enter Julia and Lucetta.

JULIA 
 Counsel, Lucetta. Gentle girl, assist me;
 And ev’n in kind love I do conjure thee—
 Who art the table wherein all my thoughts
 Are visibly charactered and engraved—
5 To lesson me and tell me some good mean
 How with my honor I may undertake
 A journey to my loving Proteus.
LUCETTA 
 Alas, the way is wearisome and long.
JULIA 
 A true-devoted pilgrim is not weary
10 To measure kingdoms with his feeble steps;
 Much less shall she that hath Love’s wings to fly,
 And when the flight is made to one so dear,
 Of such divine perfection, as Sir Proteus.
LUCETTA 
 Better forbear till Proteus make return.
JULIA 
15 O, know’st thou not his looks are my soul’s food?
 Pity the dearth that I have pinèd in
 By longing for that food so long a time.

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 Didst thou but know the inly touch of love,
 Thou wouldst as soon go kindle fire with snow
20 As seek to quench the fire of love with words.
LUCETTA 
 I do not seek to quench your love’s hot fire,
 But qualify the fire’s extreme rage,
 Lest it should burn above the bounds of reason.
JULIA 
 The more thou damm’st it up, the more it burns.
25 The current that with gentle murmur glides,
 Thou know’st, being stopped, impatiently doth rage,
 But when his fair course is not hinderèd,
 He makes sweet music with th’ enameled stones,
 Giving a gentle kiss to every sedge
30 He overtaketh in his pilgrimage;
 And so by many winding nooks he strays
 With willing sport to the wild ocean.
 Then let me go and hinder not my course.
 I’ll be as patient as a gentle stream
35 And make a pastime of each weary step
 Till the last step have brought me to my love,
 And there I’ll rest as after much turmoil
 A blessèd soul doth in Elysium.
LUCETTA 
 But in what habit will you go along?
JULIA 
40 Not like a woman, for I would prevent
 The loose encounters of lascivious men.
 Gentle Lucetta, fit me with such weeds
 As may beseem some well-reputed page.
LUCETTA 
 Why, then, your Ladyship must cut your hair.
JULIA 
45 No, girl, I’ll knit it up in silken strings
 With twenty odd-conceited true-love knots.

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 To be fantastic may become a youth
 Of greater time than I shall show to be.
LUCETTA 
 What fashion, madam, shall I make your breeches?
JULIA 
50 That fits as well as “Tell me, good my lord,
 What compass will you wear your farthingale?”
 Why, ev’n what fashion thou best likes, Lucetta.
LUCETTA 
 You must needs have them with a codpiece, madam.
JULIA 
 Out, out, Lucetta. That will be ill-favored.
LUCETTA 
55 A round hose, madam, now’s not worth a pin
 Unless you have a codpiece to stick pins on.
JULIA 
 Lucetta, as thou lov’st me, let me have
 What thou think’st meet and is most mannerly.
 But tell me, wench, how will the world repute me
60 For undertaking so unstaid a journey?
 I fear me it will make me scandalized.
LUCETTA 
 If you think so, then stay at home and go not.
JULIA Nay, that I will not.
LUCETTA 
 Then never dream on infamy, but go.
65 If Proteus like your journey when you come,
 No matter who’s displeased when you are gone.
 I fear me he will scarce be pleased withal.
JULIA 
 That is the least, Lucetta, of my fear.
 A thousand oaths, an ocean of his tears,
70 And instances of infinite of love
 Warrant me welcome to my Proteus.
LUCETTA 
 All these are servants to deceitful men.

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JULIA 
 Base men that use them to so base effect!
 But truer stars did govern Proteus’ birth.
75 His words are bonds, his oaths are oracles,
 His love sincere, his thoughts immaculate,
 His tears pure messengers sent from his heart,
 His heart as far from fraud as heaven from Earth.
LUCETTA 
 Pray heav’n he prove so when you come to him.
JULIA 
80 Now, as thou lov’st me, do him not that wrong
 To bear a hard opinion of his truth.
 Only deserve my love by loving him.
 And presently go with me to my chamber
 To take a note of what I stand in need of
85 To furnish me upon my longing journey.
 All that is mine I leave at thy dispose,
 My goods, my lands, my reputation.
 Only, in lieu thereof, dispatch me hence.
 Come, answer not, but to it presently.
90 I am impatient of my tarriance.
They exit.