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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

ACT V SCENE IIThe same. The Duke’s Palace.
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.
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?
DUKESaw you my daughter?
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.
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.
PROTEUSAnd I will follow, more for Silvia’s love
Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her.
JULIAAnd I will follow, more to cross that love60
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.