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THE TWO GENTLEMEN
SCENE I. An Open Place in Verona..
Enter VALENTINE and PROTEUS.
VAL. Cease to persuade, my loving Proteus :
PRO. Wilt thou be gone? Sweet Valentine, adieu!
When thou dost meet good hap; and, in thy danger,
Commend thy grievance to my holy prayers,
ACT I VAL. No,
I will not, for it boots not.
In love, where scorn is bought with groans; coy looks
PRO. So, by your circumstance,' you call me fool.
VAL. So, by your circumstance, I fear, you '11 prove.
Methinks, should not be chronicled for wise.
VAL. And writers say: As the most forward bud
Even so by love the young and tender wit
But wherefore waste I time to counsel thee,
To Milan let me hear from thee by letters
PRO. He after honour hunts, I after love:
He leaves his friends to dignify them more; k
SPEED. Sir Proteus, save you! Saw you my master?
And I have play'd the sheep in losing him.
SPEED. You conclude that my master is a shepherd, then, and I a sheep?
PRO. I do. ort
SPEED. Why, then my horns are his horns, whether I
wake or sleep.
PRO. A silly answer, and fitting well a sheep.
SPEED. This proves me still a sheep?
PRO. True; and thy master a shepherd.
SPEED. Nay, that I can deny by a circumstance.
PRO. The sheep for fodder follow the shepherd, the shepherd for food follows not the sheep; thou for
wages followest thy master, thy master for wages follows not thee: therefore thou art a sheep. SPEED. Such another proof will make me cry baa. PRO. But, dost thou hear? gav'st thou my letter to Julia? SPEED. Ay, Sir: I, a lost mutton, gave your letter to her,
a laced mutton;1 and she, a laced mutton, gave me, a lost mutton, nothing for my labour.
PRO. Here's too small a pasture for such a store of
SPEED. If the ground be overcharged, you were best stick
1 well-dressed woman.
ACT I PRO. Nay, in that you are astray; 'twere best pound Sc. I
SPEED. Nay, sir, less than a pound shall serve me for
PRO. You mistake; I mean the pound-a pinfold.
PRO. But what said she? did she nod ?
PRO. Nod, ay?-why, that's noddy.
SPEED. You mistook, Sir; I say, she did nod: and you
ask me if she did nod; and I say, Ay.
Pro. And that set together is-noddy.
SPEED. Now you have taken the pains to set it together,
take it for your pains.
PRO. No, no; you shall have it for bearing the letter.
SPEED. Marry, Sir, the letter very orderly; having
PRO. Beshrew me, but you have a quick wit.
SPEED. Open your purse, that the money and the matter may be both at once delivered.
PRO. Well, Sir, here is for your pains. What said she?
PRO. Why? Could'st thou perceive so much from her?
SPEED. No, not so much as Take this for thy pains. To testify your bounty, I thank you, you have testern'd1 me; in requital whereof, henceforth carry your letters yourself; and so, Sir, I'll commend you to my
PRO. Go, go, begone, to save your ship from wrack,
Being destin'd to a drier death on shore.
I must go send some better messenger:
I fear my Julia would not deign my lines,
Receiving them from such a worthless post. [exeunt.
SCENE II. The Same. The Garden of JULIA's House.
Enter JULIA and LUCETTA.
JUL. But say, Lucetta, now we are alone,
Would'st thou, then, counsel me to fall in love? Luc. Ay, Madam; so you stumble not unheedfully. JUL. Of all the fair resort of gentlemen
That every day with parle encounter me,
In thy opinion which is worthiest love?
Luc. Please you repeat their names: I'll show my mind
JUL. What think'st thou of the fair Sir Eglamour?
JUL. How now! what means this passion at his name?
That I, unworthy body as I am,
Should censure1 thus on lovely gentlemen.
Luc. Then thus of many good I think him best.
Luc. I have no other but a woman's reason:
I think him so, because I think him so.
JUL. And would'st thou have me cast my love on him?
1 pass judgment..