As Valentine watches from hiding, Sylvia is brought in by Proteus, who has taken her from the outlaws. Proteus pleads for Sylvia’s love, and when she refuses him he tries to rape her. Valentine prevents the rape, listens to Proteus’ speech of repentance, and, as a gesture of his friendship, offers his rights in Sylvia to Proteus. Julia faints. On recovering, she reveals herself and accuses Proteus of inconstancy. He again repents, and Julia accepts his protestations of love. The outlaws bring in the Duke and Thurio. When Thurio refuses to fight for Sylvia, the Duke accepts Valentine as a son-in-law.