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The Two Gentlemen of Verona - Act 5, scene 2
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Act 5, scene 2
The Duke informs Proteus and Thurio of Sylvia’s flight. They each decide to follow her.Enter Thurio, Proteus, ⌜and⌝ Julia, ⌜disguised as
2052 Sir Proteus, what says Sylvia to my suit?
2053 O sir, I find her milder than she was,
2054 And yet she takes exceptions at your person.
THURIO 2055 What? That my leg is too long?
PROTEUS 2056 5No, that it is too little.
2057 I’ll wear a boot to make it somewhat rounder.
2058 But love will not be spurred to what it loathes.
THURIO 2059 What says she to my face?
PROTEUS 2060 She says it is a fair one.
2061 10 Nay, then the wanton lies; my face is black.
2062 But pearls are fair, and the old saying is,
2063 Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies’ eyes.
2064 ’Tis true, such pearls as put out ladies’ eyes,
2065 For I had rather wink than look on them.
THURIO 2066 15How likes she my discourse?
PROTEUS 2067 Ill, when you talk of war.
2068 But well when I discourse of love and peace.
2069 But better, indeed, when you hold ⌜your⌝ peace.
THURIO 2070 What says she to my valor?
PROTEUS 2071 20O, sir, she makes no doubt of that.
2072 She needs not when she knows it cowardice.
p. 171THURIO 2073 What says she to my birth?
PROTEUS 2074 That you are well derived.
JULIA, ⌜aside⌝ 2075 True, from a gentleman to a fool.
THURIO 2076 25Considers she my possessions?
PROTEUS 2077 O, ay, and pities them.
THURIO 2078 Wherefore?
JULIA, ⌜aside⌝ 2079 That such an ass should owe them.
2080 That they are out by lease.
JULIA, ⌜as Sebastian⌝ 2081 30 Here comes the Duke.
2082 How now, Sir Proteus?—How now, Thurio?
2083 Which of you saw Eglamour of late?
2084 Not I.
PROTEUS 2085 Nor I.
DUKE 2086 35 Saw you my daughter?
PROTEUS 2087 Neither.
2088 Why, then, she’s fled unto that peasant, Valentine,
2089 And Eglamour is in her company.
2090 ’Tis true, for Friar Lawrence met them both
2091 40 As he, in penance, wandered through the forest;
2092 Him he knew well and guessed that it was she,
2093 But, being masked, he was not sure of it.
2094 Besides, she did intend confession
2095 At Patrick’s cell this even, and there she was not.
2096 45 These likelihoods confirm her flight from hence.
2097 Therefore I pray you stand not to discourse,
2098 But mount you presently and meet with me
2099 Upon the rising of the mountain foot
2100 That leads toward Mantua, whither they are fled.
2101 50 Dispatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me.
2102 Why, this it is to be a peevish girl
2103 That flies her fortune when it follows her.
2104 I’ll after, more to be revenged on Eglamour
2105 Than for the love of reckless Sylvia.⌜He exits.⌝
2106 55 And I will follow, more for Sylvia’s love
2107 Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her.
2108 And I will follow, more to cross that love
2109 Than hate for Sylvia, that is gone for love.