The Two Gentlemen of Verona


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Julia and Lucetta
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind


JULIA

Counsel, Lucetta; gentle girl, assist me;

And, e'en in kind love, I do conjure thee,
conjure (v.) 1 ask solemnly, entreat earnestly, beseech

Who art the table wherein all my thoughts
table (n.) 1 writing tablet, memo pad, notebook

Are visibly charactered and engraved,
character (v.) inscribe, engrave, write

To lesson me and tell me some good mean
lesson (v.) 1 instruct, teach, advise
mean (n.) 1 means, way, method

How, with my honour, I may undertake

A journey to my loving Proteus.


LUCETTA

Alas, the way is wearisome and long!


JULIA

A true-devoted pilgrim is not weary

To measure kingdoms with his feeble steps;
measure (v.) 1 pass through, travel over, traverse

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.
forbear (v.) 3 control oneself, have patience [for]


JULIA

O, knowest thou not his looks are my soul's food?

Pity the dearth that I have pined in
dearth (n.) 1 scarcity, shortage, lack [of food], famine

By longing for that food so long a time.

Didst thou but know the inly touch of love,
inly (adj.) inward, internal, heartfelt

Thou wouldst as soon go kindle fire with snow

As seek to quench the fire of love with words.


LUCETTA

I do not seek to quench your love's hot fire,

But qualify the fire's extreme rage,
qualify (v.) 1 moderate, weaken, diminish

Lest it should burn above the bounds of reason.


JULIA

The more thou dammest it up, the more it burns.

The current that with gentle murmur glides,
gentle (adj.) 7 smooth-flowing, not rough or rapid

Thou knowest, being stopped, impatiently doth rage;

But when his fair course is not hindered,
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count

He makes sweet music with th' enamelled stones,
enamelled (adj.) brightly coloured, multi-coloured, kaleidoscopic

Giving a gentle kiss to every sedge
gentle (adj.) 6 soft, tender, kind
sedge (n.) variety of grassy plant, rush See Topics: Plants

He overtaketh in his pilgrimage;

And so by many winding nooks he strays,

With willing sport, to the wild ocean.
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment See Topics: Frequency count

Then let me go, and hinder not my course.

I'll be as patient as a gentle stream,
gentle (adj.) 7 smooth-flowing, not rough or rapid

And make a pastime of each weary step,

Till the last step have brought me to my love;

And there I'll rest as, after much turmoil,

A blessed soul doth in Elysium.


LUCETTA

But in what habit will you go along?
habit (n.) 1 dress, clothing, costume See Topics: Frequency count


JULIA

Not like a woman, for I would prevent
prevent (v.) 2 take steps to thwart, avoid by prompt action

The loose encounters of lascivious men.
encounter (n.) 2 accosting, address, approach

Gentle Lucetta, fit me with such weeds
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind
weed (n.) 1 (plural) garments, dress, clothes

As may beseem some well-reputed page.
beseem (v.) befit, be fitting [for], be seemly [for]


LUCETTA

Why then, your ladyship must cut your hair.


JULIA

No, girl, I'll knit it up in silken strings
knit, knit up (v.) 1 tie, fasten [by means of a knot]

With twenty odd-conceited true-love knots –
odd-conceited (adj.) elaborately odd, ingeniously devised

To be fantastic may become a youth
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count
fantastic (adj.) 1 extravagant, fanciful, ingenious

Of greater time than I shall show to be.
show (v.) appear, look [like], present [as]
time (n.) 4 age, years


LUCETTA

What fashion, madam, shall I make your breeches?


JULIA

That fits as well as, ‘ Tell me, good my lord,

What compass will you wear your farthingale?’
compass (n.) 3 circumference, round measurement
farthingale (n.) long skirt extended at the back by a framework of hoops See Topics: Clothing

Why e'en what fashion thou best likes, Lucetta.
like (v.) 1 please, suit See Topics: Politeness


LUCETTA

You must needs have them with a codpiece, madam.
codpiece, cod-piece (n.) 1 cloth case or pocket worn by a man at the front of breeches or hose; also: what it contains See Topics: Clothing


JULIA

Out, out, Lucetta, that will be ill-favoured.
ill-favoured (adj.) ugly, unattractive, unsightly


LUCETTA

A round hose, madam, now's not worth a pin,
hose (n.) [pair of] breeches See Topics: Clothing
pin (n.) 1 trifle, triviality, insignificant amount

Unless you have a codpiece to stick pins on.


JULIA

Lucetta, as thou lovest me, let me have
meet (adj.) 1 fit, suitable, right, proper See Topics: Frequency count

What thou thinkest meet, and is most mannerly.

But tell me, wench, how will the world repute me
repute (v.) consider, think, reckon
wench (n.) girl, lass See Topics: Frequency count

For undertaking so unstaid a journey?
unstaid (adj.) 3 immodest, undignified, indecorous

I fear me it will make me scandalized.
scandalized (adj.) disgraced, defamed, made a subject of scandal


LUCETTA

If you think so, then stay at home and go not.


JULIA

Nay, that I will not.


LUCETTA

Then never dream on infamy, but go.
infamy (n.) bad report, terrible reputation

If Proteus like your journey when you come,

No matter who's displeased when you are gone.

I fear me he will scarce be pleased withal.


JULIA

That is the least, Lucetta, of my fear:

A thousand oaths, an ocean of his tears,

And instances of infinite of love,
infinite (n.) 1 infinity, infinite quantity, eternity

Warrant me welcome to my Proteus.
warrant (v.) 3 act as a pledge for, give an assurance about


LUCETTA

All these are servants to deceitful men.


JULIA

Base men, that use them to so base effect!
base (adj.) 1 dishonourable, low, unworthy See Topics: Frequency count
effect (n.) 1 result, end, outcome, fulfilment

But truer stars did govern Proteus' birth;

His words are bonds, his oaths are oracles,

His love sincere, his thoughts immaculate,

His tears pure messengers sent from his heart,

His heart as far from fraud as heaven from earth.


LUCETTA

Pray heaven he prove so when you come to him!


JULIA

Now, as thou lovest me, do him not that wrong

To bear a hard opinion of his truth;
hard (adj.) 5 bad, poor, inadequate

Only deserve my love by loving him;

And presently go with me to my chamber,
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

To take a note of what I stand in need of

To furnish me upon my longing journey.
furnish (v.) 3 dress, clothe, equip, fit out
longing (adj.) prompted by longing, full of yearning

All that is mine I leave at thy dispose,
dispose (n.) 1 disposal, control, discretion

My goods, my land, my reputation;

Only, in lieu thereof, dispatch me hence.
dispatch, despatch (v.) 5 send away, send off

Come, answer not, but to it presently;

I am impatient of my tarriance.
tarriance (n.) 1 delay, procrastination, lingering

Exeunt

 
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