List iconThe Two Gentlemen of Verona:
Act 4, scene 1
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The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Act 4, scene 1



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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 1
Enter certain Outlaws.

 Fellows, stand fast. I see a passenger.
 If there be ten, shrink not, but down with ’em.

Enter Valentine and Speed.

 Stand, sir, and throw us that you have about you.
 If not, we’ll make you sit, and rifle you.
SPEED, to Valentine 
5 Sir, we are undone; these are the villains
 That all the travelers do fear so much.
VALENTINE My friends—
 That’s not so, sir. We are your enemies.
SECOND OUTLAW Peace. We’ll hear him.
10 Ay, by my beard, will we, for he is a proper man.
 Then know that I have little wealth to lose.
 A man I am crossed with adversity;
 My riches are these poor habiliments,
 Of which, if you should here disfurnish me,
15 You take the sum and substance that I have.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
ACT 4. SC. 1

SECOND OUTLAW Whither travel you?
FIRST OUTLAW Whence came you?
THIRD OUTLAW 20Have you long sojourned there?
 Some sixteen months, and longer might have stayed
 If crooked fortune had not thwarted me.
FIRST OUTLAW What, were you banished thence?
SECOND OUTLAW 25For what offense?
 For that which now torments me to rehearse;
 I killed a man, whose death I much repent,
 But yet I slew him manfully in fight
 Without false vantage or base treachery.
30 Why, ne’er repent it if it were done so;
 But were you banished for so small a fault?
 I was, and held me glad of such a doom.
SECOND OUTLAW Have you the tongues?
 My youthful travel therein made me happy,
35 Or else I often had been miserable.
 By the bare scalp of Robin Hood’s fat friar,
 This fellow were a king for our wild faction.
FIRST OUTLAW We’ll have him.—Sirs, a word.
The Outlaws step aside to talk.
SPEED Master, be one of them. It’s an honorable kind
40 of thievery.
VALENTINE Peace, villain.
SECOND OUTLAW, advancing 
 Tell us this: have you anything to take to?

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
ACT 4. SC. 1

VALENTINE Nothing but my fortune.
 Know then that some of us are gentlemen,
45 Such as the fury of ungoverned youth
 Thrust from the company of awful men.
 Myself was from Verona banishèd
 For practicing to steal away a lady,
 An heir and near allied unto the Duke.
50 And I from Mantua, for a gentleman
 Who, in my mood, I stabbed unto the heart.
 And I for such like petty crimes as these.
 But to the purpose: for we cite our faults
 That they may hold excused our lawless lives,
55 And partly seeing you are beautified
 With goodly shape, and by your own report
 A linguist, and a man of such perfection
 As we do in our quality much want—
 Indeed because you are a banished man,
60 Therefore, above the rest, we parley to you.
 Are you content to be our general,
 To make a virtue of necessity
 And live as we do in this wilderness?
 What sayst thou? Wilt thou be of our consort?
65 Say ay, and be the captain of us all;
 We’ll do thee homage and be ruled by thee,
 Love thee as our commander and our king.
 But if thou scorn our courtesy, thou diest.
 Thou shalt not live to brag what we have offered.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
ACT 4. SC. 2

70 I take your offer and will live with you,
 Provided that you do no outrages
 On silly women or poor passengers.
 No, we detest such vile base practices.
 Come, go with us; we’ll bring thee to our crews
75 And show thee all the treasure we have got,
 Which, with ourselves, all rest at thy dispose.
They exit.