List iconThe Two Gentlemen of Verona:
Act 4, scene 3
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The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Act 4, 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 Eglamour.

 This is the hour that Madam Sylvia
 Entreated me to call and know her mind;

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ACT 4. SC. 3

 There’s some great matter she’d employ me in.
 Madam, madam!

Enter Sylvia, above.

SYLVIA 5Who calls?
EGLAMOUR Your servant, and your friend,
 One that attends your Ladyship’s command.
 Sir Eglamour, a thousand times good morrow.
 As many, worthy lady, to yourself.
10 According to your Ladyship’s impose,
 I am thus early come to know what service
 It is your pleasure to command me in.
 O Eglamour, thou art a gentleman—
 Think not I flatter, for I swear I do not—
15 Valiant, wise, remorseful, well accomplished.
 Thou art not ignorant what dear good will
 I bear unto the banished Valentine,
 Nor how my father would enforce me marry
 Vain Thurio, whom my very soul abhorred.
20 Thyself hast loved, and I have heard thee say
 No grief did ever come so near thy heart
 As when thy lady and thy true love died,
 Upon whose grave thou vow’dst pure chastity.
 Sir Eglamour, I would to Valentine,
25 To Mantua, where I hear he makes abode;
 And for the ways are dangerous to pass,
 I do desire thy worthy company,
 Upon whose faith and honor I repose.
 Urge not my father’s anger, Eglamour,
30 But think upon my grief, a lady’s grief,
 And on the justice of my flying hence

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ACT 4. SC. 4

 To keep me from a most unholy match,
 Which heaven and fortune still rewards with plagues.
 I do desire thee, even from a heart
35 As full of sorrows as the sea of sands,
 To bear me company and go with me;
 If not, to hide what I have said to thee,
 That I may venture to depart alone.
 Madam, I pity much your grievances,
40 Which, since I know they virtuously are placed,
 I give consent to go along with you,
 Recking as little what betideth me
 As much I wish all good befortune you.
 When will you go?
SYLVIA 45 This evening coming.
 Where shall I meet you?
SYLVIA  At Friar Patrick’s cell,
 Where I intend holy confession.
 I will not fail your Ladyship. Good morrow, gentle
50 lady.
 Good morrow, kind Sir Eglamour.
They exit.