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The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Act 3, scene 2

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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 2
Enter Duke and Thurio.

DUKE 
 Sir Thurio, fear not but that she will love you
 Now Valentine is banished from her sight.
THURIO 
 Since his exile she hath despised me most,

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 Forsworn my company and railed at me,
5 That I am desperate of obtaining her.
DUKE 
 This weak impress of love is as a figure
 Trenchèd in ice, which with an hour’s heat
 Dissolves to water and doth lose his form.
 A little time will melt her frozen thoughts,
10 And worthless Valentine shall be forgot.

Enter Proteus.

 How now, Sir Proteus? Is your countryman,
 According to our proclamation, gone?
PROTEUS Gone, my good lord.
DUKE 
 My daughter takes his going grievously.
PROTEUS 
15 A little time, my lord, will kill that grief.
DUKE 
 So I believe, but Thurio thinks not so.
 Proteus, the good conceit I hold of thee,
 For thou hast shown some sign of good desert,
 Makes me the better to confer with thee.
PROTEUS 
20 Longer than I prove loyal to your Grace
 Let me not live to look upon your Grace.
DUKE 
 Thou know’st how willingly I would effect
 The match between Sir Thurio and my daughter?
PROTEUS I do, my lord.
DUKE 
25 And also, I think, thou art not ignorant
 How she opposes her against my will?
PROTEUS 
 She did, my lord, when Valentine was here.
DUKE 
 Ay, and perversely she persevers so.

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 What might we do to make the girl forget
30 The love of Valentine, and love Sir Thurio?
PROTEUS 
 The best way is to slander Valentine
 With falsehood, cowardice, and poor descent,
 Three things that women highly hold in hate.
DUKE 
 Ay, but she’ll think that it is spoke in hate.
PROTEUS 
35 Ay, if his enemy deliver it.
 Therefore it must with circumstance be spoken
 By one whom she esteemeth as his friend.
DUKE 
 Then you must undertake to slander him.
PROTEUS 
 And that, my lord, I shall be loath to do.
40 ’Tis an ill office for a gentleman,
 Especially against his very friend.
DUKE 
 Where your good word cannot advantage him,
 Your slander never can endamage him;
 Therefore the office is indifferent,
45 Being entreated to it by your friend.
PROTEUS 
 You have prevailed, my lord. If I can do it
 By aught that I can speak in his dispraise,
 She shall not long continue love to him.
 But say this weed her love from Valentine,
50 It follows not that she will love Sir Thurio.
THURIO 
 Therefore, as you unwind her love from him,
 Lest it should ravel and be good to none,
 You must provide to bottom it on me,
 Which must be done by praising me as much
55 As you in worth dispraise Sir Valentine.

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DUKE 
 And, Proteus, we dare trust you in this kind
 Because we know, on Valentine’s report,
 You are already Love’s firm votary
 And cannot soon revolt and change your mind.
60 Upon this warrant shall you have access
 Where you with Sylvia may confer at large—
 For she is lumpish, heavy, melancholy,
 And, for your friend’s sake, will be glad of you—
 Where you may temper her by your persuasion
65 To hate young Valentine and love my friend.
PROTEUS 
 As much as I can do I will effect.—
 But you, Sir Thurio, are not sharp enough.
 You must lay lime to tangle her desires
 By wailful sonnets, whose composèd rhymes
70 Should be full-fraught with serviceable vows.
DUKE 
 Ay, much is the force of heaven-bred poesy.
PROTEUS 
 Say that upon the altar of her beauty
 You sacrifice your tears, your sighs, your heart.
 Write till your ink be dry, and with your tears
75 Moist it again, and frame some feeling line
 That may discover such integrity.
 For Orpheus’ lute was strung with poets’ sinews,
 Whose golden touch could soften steel and stones,
 Make tigers tame, and huge leviathans
80 Forsake unsounded deeps to dance on sands.
 After your dire-lamenting elegies,
 Visit by night your lady’s chamber window
 With some sweet consort; to their instruments
 Tune a deploring dump; the night’s dead silence
85 Will well become such sweet complaining
 grievance.
 This, or else nothing, will inherit her.

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DUKE 
 This discipline shows thou hast been in love.
THURIO, to Proteus 
 And thy advice this night I’ll put in practice.
90 Therefore, sweet Proteus, my direction-giver,
 Let us into the city presently
 To sort some gentlemen well-skilled in music.
 I have a sonnet that will serve the turn
 To give the onset to thy good advice.
DUKE 95About it, gentlemen.
PROTEUS 
 We’ll wait upon your Grace till after supper
 And afterward determine our proceedings.
DUKE 
 Even now about it! I will pardon you.
They exit.