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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

ACT V SCENE II The same. The Duke’s Palace.
THURIO Sir Proteus, what says Silvia 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 No; that it is too little. 5
THURIO I’ll wear a boot, to make it somewhat rounder.
JULIA [Aside] But love will not be spurr’d to what
it loathes.
THURIO What says she to my face?
PROTEUS She says it is a fair one. 10
THURIO 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; 15
For I had rather wink than look on them.
THURIO How 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. 20
THURIO What says she to my valour?
PROTEUS O, sir, she makes no doubt of that.
JULIA [Aside] She needs not, when she knows it cowardice.
THURIO What says she to my birth?
PROTEUS That you are well derived. 25
JULIA [Aside] True; from a gentleman to a fool.
THURIO Considers she my possessions?
PROTEUS O, ay; and pities them.
THURIO Wherefore?
JULIA [Aside] That such an ass should owe them. 30
PROTEUS That they are out by lease.
JULIA Here comes the duke.
[Enter DUKE]
DUKE How now, Sir Proteus! how now, Thurio!
Which of you saw Sir Eglamour of late?
THURIO Not I. 35
DUKE Saw you my daughter?
PROTEUS Neither.
DUKE Why then,
She’s fled unto that peasant Valentine; 40
And Eglamour is in her company.
‘Tis true; for Friar Laurence met them both,
As he in penance wander’d through the forest;
Him he knew well, and guess’d that it was she,
But, being mask’d, he was not sure of it; 45
Besides, she did intend confession
At Patrick’s cell this even; and there she was not;
These likelihoods confirm her flight from hence.
Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse,
But mount you presently and meet with me 50
Upon the rising of the mountain-foot
That leads towards Mantua, whither they are fled:
Dispatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me.
THURIO Why, this it is to be a peevish girl,
That flies her fortune when it follows her. 55
I’ll after, more to be revenged on Eglamour
Than for the love of reckless Silvia.
PROTEUS And I will follow, more for Silvia’s love
Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her.
JULIA And I will follow, more to cross that love 60
Than hate for Silvia that is gone for love.

Next: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act 5, Scene 3

Explanatory notes for Act 5, Scene 2
From The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Ed. Israel Gollancz. New York: University Society.

7. But love, etc.: – In the Folios this speech is given to Proteus, and the next speech of Julia to Thurio. Boswell corrected the first, and Rowe the other.


How to cite the explanatory notes:
Shakespeare, William. The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Ed. Israel Gollancz. New York: University Society, 1901.