ACT V SCENE II

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona


ACT V SCENE IIThe same. The Duke’s Palace.
[Enter THURIO, PROTEUS, and JULIA]
THURIOSir Proteus, what says Silvia to my suit?
PROTEUSO, sir, I find her milder than she was;
And yet she takes exceptions at your person.
THURIOWhat, that my leg is too long?
PROTEUSNo; that it is too little.5
THURIOI’ll wear a boot, to make it somewhat rounder.
JULIA[Aside] But love will not be spurr’d to what
it loathes.
THURIOWhat says she to my face?
PROTEUSShe says it is a fair one.10
THURIONay then, the wanton lies; my face is black.
PROTEUSBut 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.
THURIOHow likes she my discourse?
PROTEUSIll, when you talk of war.
THURIOBut well, when I discourse of love and peace?
JULIA[Aside] But better, indeed, when you hold your peace.20
THURIOWhat says she to my valour?
PROTEUSO, sir, she makes no doubt of that.
JULIA[Aside] She needs not, when she knows it cowardice.
THURIOWhat says she to my birth?
PROTEUSThat you are well derived.25
JULIA[Aside] True; from a gentleman to a fool.
THURIOConsiders she my possessions?
PROTEUSO, ay; and pities them.
THURIOWherefore?
JULIA[Aside] That such an ass should owe them.30
PROTEUSThat they are out by lease.
JULIAHere comes the duke.
[Enter DUKE]
DUKEHow now, Sir Proteus! how now, Thurio!
Which of you saw Sir Eglamour of late?
THURIONot I.35
PROTEUSNor I.
DUKESaw you my daughter?
PROTEUSNeither.
DUKEWhy 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 me50
Upon the rising of the mountain-foot
That leads towards Mantua, whither they are fled:
Dispatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me.
[Exit]
THURIOWhy, 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.
[Exit]
PROTEUSAnd I will follow, more for Silvia’s love
Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her.
[Exit]
JULIAAnd I will follow, more to cross that love60
Than hate for Silvia that is gone for love.
[Exit]

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

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