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The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Act 5, 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 Thurio, Proteus, and Julia, disguised as
Sebastian.


THURIO 
 Sir Proteus, what says Sylvia to my suit?
PROTEUS 
 O sir, I find her milder than she was,
 And yet she takes exceptions at your person.
THURIO What? That my leg is too long?
PROTEUS 5No, that it is too little.
THURIO 
 I’ll wear a boot to make it somewhat rounder.
JULIA, aside 
 But love will not be spurred to what it loathes.
THURIO What says she to my face?
PROTEUS She says it is a fair one.
THURIO 
10 Nay, then the wanton lies; my face is black.
PROTEUS 
 But pearls are fair, and the old saying is,
 Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies’ eyes.
JULIA, aside 
 ’Tis true, such pearls as put out ladies’ eyes,
 For I had rather wink than look on them.
THURIO 15How likes she my discourse?
PROTEUS Ill, when you talk of war.
THURIO 
 But well when I discourse of love and peace.
JULIA, aside 
 But better, indeed, when you hold your peace.
THURIO What says she to my valor?
PROTEUS 20O, sir, she makes no doubt of that.
JULIA, aside 
 She needs not when she knows it cowardice.

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THURIO What says she to my birth?
PROTEUS That you are well derived.
JULIA, aside True, from a gentleman to a fool.
THURIO 25Considers she my possessions?
PROTEUS O, ay, and pities them.
THURIO Wherefore?
JULIA, aside That such an ass should owe them.
PROTEUS 
 That they are out by lease.
JULIA, as Sebastian 30 Here comes the Duke.

Enter Duke.

DUKE 
 How now, Sir Proteus?—How now, Thurio?
 Which of you saw Eglamour of late?
THURIO 
 Not I.
PROTEUS  Nor I.
DUKE 35 Saw you my daughter?
PROTEUS  Neither.
DUKE 
 Why, then, she’s fled unto that peasant, Valentine,
 And Eglamour is in her company.
 ’Tis true, for Friar Lawrence met them both
40 As he, in penance, wandered through the forest;
 Him he knew well and guessed that it was she,
 But, being masked, he was not sure of it.
 Besides, she did intend confession
 At Patrick’s cell this even, and there she was not.
45 These likelihoods confirm her flight from hence.
 Therefore I pray you stand not to discourse,
 But mount you presently and meet with me
 Upon the rising of the mountain foot
 That leads toward Mantua, whither they are fled.
50 Dispatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me.
He exits.

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ACT 5. SC. 3

THURIO 
 Why, this it is to be a peevish girl
 That flies her fortune when it follows her.
 I’ll after, more to be revenged on Eglamour
 Than for the love of reckless Sylvia.He exits.
PROTEUS 
55 And I will follow, more for Sylvia’s love
 Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her.
He exits.
JULIA 
 And I will follow, more to cross that love
 Than hate for Sylvia, that is gone for love.
She exits.