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Two Gentlemen of Verona

Written: 1590-91 Text: First Folio 1623 (Comedy), no quarto editions
Source: Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-75). Decameron10th day, the story of “Titus and Gisippus”; Elyot, Thomas (c.1490-1546). The Boke named the Governour (1531); Montemayor, Jorge de (c.1521-61). Diana Enamorada (1542, English translation in 1582. publication in 1598) the story of “Felix and Felismena”; The History of Felix and Philiomena (the record of the performance in 1585); Brooke, Arthur (?-1563). The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet (English translation in 1562); Lyly, John (c.1554-1606). Euphues (1578)
Characters: Proteus, Valentine, Julia, Duke of Milan, Silvia, Speed, Luceta, Launce
Setting: Verona
Time: Undetermined

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Servant, you are sad

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Sylvia, to Valentine
Servant, you are sad.
Valentine
Indeed, madam, I seem so.
Thurio
Seem you that you are not?
Valentine
Haply I do.
Thurio
So do counterfeits.
Valentine
So do you.

A fine volley of words,
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Act 2
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A true-devoted pilgrim is not weary

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Julia 
A true-devoted pilgrim is not weary
To measure kingdoms with his feeble steps;
Much less shall she that hath Love’s wings to fly,
And when the flight is made to one so dear,
Of such divine perfection, as Sir Proteus.
Lucetta 
Better forbear till Proteus make return.
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But tell me, wench, how will the world repute me

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Julia
But tell me, wench, how will the world repute me
For undertaking so unstaid a journey?
I fear me it will make me scandalized.
Lucetta
If you think so, then stay at home and go not.
Julia
Nay, that I will not.
Lucetta
Then never dream on infamy,
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Time is the nurse and breeder of all good

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Time is the nurse and breeder of all good.
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Act 3
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Wilt thou aspire to guide the heavenly car

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Wilt thou aspire to guide the heavenly car,
And with thy daring folly burn the world?
Wilt thou reach stars, because they shine on thee?
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Act 3
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There is a lady in Verona here

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Duke
There is a lady in Verona here
Whom I affect; but she is nice, and coy,
And nought esteems my agèd eloquence.
Now therefore would I have thee to my tutor—
For long agone I have forgot to court;
Besides, the fashion of the time is changed—
How and which way I may bestow myself
To be regarded in her sun-bright eye.
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Now, my young guest, methinks you’re allycholly

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Host
Now, my young guest, methinks you’re allycholly.
I pray you, why is it?
Julia, as Sebastian
Marry, mine host, because I
cannot be merry.
Host
Come, we’ll have you merry. I’ll bring you where
you shall hear music and see the gentleman that you
asked for.
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