The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter the Duke of Milan and Thurio


Sir Thurio, fear not but that she will love you

Now Valentine is banished from her sight.


Since his exile she hath despised me most,

Forsworn my company, and railed at me,
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 2 abandon, renounce, reject, give up See Topics: Frequency count
rail (v.) rant, rave, be abusive [about] See Topics: Frequency count

That I am desperate of obtaining her.
desperate (adj.) 1 despairing, hopeless, without hope


This weak impress of love is as a figure
figure (n.) 3 copy, image, likeness
impress (n.) 2 impression, stamp, sense

Trenched in ice, which with an hour's heat
trenched (adj.) 2 cut, carved, engraved

Dissolves to water, and doth lose his form.
dissolve (v.) 3 melt, liquefy
form (n.) 1 image, likeness, shape

A little time will melt her frozen thoughts,

And worthless Valentine shall be forgot.

Enter Proteus

How now, Sir Proteus? Is your countryman,

According to our proclamation, gone?


Gone, my good lord.


My daughter takes his going grievously.
grievously (adv.) 1 sorrowfully, deeply, with great grief


A little time, my lord, will kill that grief.


So I believe; but Thurio thinks not so.

Proteus, the good conceit I hold of thee –
conceit (n.) 4 view, opinion, judgement

For thou hast shown some sign of good desert –
desert, desart (n.) 2 worth, merit, deserving

Makes me the better to confer with thee.
better (n.) readier, more willing


Longer than I prove loyal to your grace

Let me not live to look upon your grace.


Thou knowest how willingly I would effect

The match between Sir Thurio and my daughter?


I do, my lord.


And also, I think, thou art not ignorant

How she opposes her against my will?


She did, my lord, when Valentine was here.


Ay, and perversely she persevers so.
persever (v.) 1 persevere, persist, keep at it

What might we do to make the girl forget

The love of Valentine, and love Sir Thurio?


The best way is to slander Valentine,

With falsehood, cowardice, and poor descent –

Three things that women highly hold in hate.


Ay, but she'll think that it is spoke in hate.


Ay, if his enemy deliver it;
deliver (v.) 1 report [to], communicate [to], tell, describe

Therefore it must with circumstance be spoken
circumstance (n.) 3 special argument, detailed explanation

By one whom she esteemeth as his friend.


Then you must undertake to slander him.


And that, my lord, I shall be loath to do:

'Tis an ill office for a gentleman,
ill (adj.) 3 poor, inadequate, miserable
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility See Topics: Frequency count

Especially against his very friend.
very (adj.) 2 true, real, genuine


Where your good word cannot advantage him,
advantage (v.) 1 benefit, help, aid

Your slander never can endamage him;
endamage (v.) damage, injure, harm

Therefore the office is indifferent,
indifferent (adj.) 1 impartial, unbiased, neutral
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility See Topics: Frequency count

Being entreated to it by your friend.


You have prevailed, my lord; if I can do it

By aught that I can speak in his dispraise,
aught (n.) anything, [with negative word] nothing See Topics: Frequency count
dispraise (n.) disparagement, censure, reproach

She shall not long continue love to him.

But say this weed her love from Valentine,
weed (v.) [debated usage] weed out, root out

It follows not that she will love Sir Thurio.


Therefore, as you unwind her love from him,

Lest it should ravel, and be good to none,
ravel (v.) become entangled, get confused

You must provide to bottom it on me;
bottom (v.) 2 [of wool] wind into a ball; focus, concentrate

Which must be done by praising me as much

As you in worth dispraise Sir Valentine.
dispraise (v.) disparage, belittle, denigrate


And, Proteus, we dare trust you in this kind,
kind (n.) 4 mode of action, business, matter

Because we know, on Valentine's report,

You are already Love's firm votary,
votary (n.) 1 devotee, disciple, worshipper [of]

And cannot soon revolt and change your mind.

Upon this warrant shall you have access
warrant (n.) 2 licence, sanction, authorization

Where you with Silvia may confer at large –
large, at 1 at length, in full, thoroughly

For she is lumpish, heavy, melancholy,
heavy (adj.) 1 sorrowful, sad, gloomy See Topics: Frequency count
lumpish (adj.) despondent, dejected, in low spirits

And, for your friend's sake, will be glad of you –

Where you may temper her, by your persuasion,
temper (v.) 2 mould, shape, work, bring [to a particular character]

To hate young Valentine and love my friend.


As much as I can do I will effect.

But you, Sir Thurio, are not sharp enough;
sharp (adj.) 5 ardent, keen, fervent

You must lay lime to tangle her desires
lime (n.) 1 birdlime
tangle (v.) trap, snare, enmesh, hold fast

By wailful sonnets, whose composed rhymes
composed (adj.) elaborately constructed, well put together
wailful (adj.) plaintive, disconsolate, wistful

Should be full-fraught with serviceable vows.
full-fraught (adj.) filled to the brim, jam-packed
serviceable (adj.) 1 faithful, loyal, devoted, ready to serve



Much is the force of heaven-bred poesy.
poesy (n.) poetry


Say that upon the altar of her beauty

You sacrifice your tears, your sighs, your heart;

Write till your ink be dry, and with your tears

Moist it again, and frame some feeling line
frame (v.) 1 fashion, make, form, create

That may discover such integrity;
discover (v.) 1 reveal, show, make known See Topics: Frequency count
integrity (n.) 2 undivided devotion, wholehearted sincerity

For Orpheus' lute was strung with poets' sinews,
sinew (n.) 2 nerve

Whose golden touch could soften steel and stones,
touch (n.) 7 fingering, handling, skill in playing

Make tigers tame, and huge leviathans
leviathan (n.) sea-monster, whale

Forsake unsounded deeps to dance on sands.
unsounded (adj.) unfathomed, unexplored, with unrevealed depths

After your dire-lamenting elegies,
dire-lamenting (adj.) deeply sorrowing, dreadfully lamenting
elegy (n.) love-poem, song of lamentation

Visit by night your lady's chamber-window

With some sweet consort; to their instruments
consort (n.) 3 company of musicians, ensemble

Tune a deploring dump – the night's dead silence
deploring (adj.) mournful, doleful, bewailing
dump (n.) 1 plaintive melody, mournful song

Will well become such sweet complaining grievance.
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count
grievance (n.) 1 distress, suffering, pain

This, or else nothing, will inherit her.
inherit (v.) 2 secure, win, gain possession of


This discipline shows thou hast been in love.
discipline (n.) 2 learning, schooling, course of instruction


And thy advice this night I'll put in practice;

Therefore, sweet Proteus, my direction-giver,

Let us into the city presently
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

To sort some gentlemen well skilled in music.
sort (v.) 2 choose, find, arrange

I have a sonnet that will serve the turn

To give the onset to thy good advice.
onset, give the make a beginning with, start acting on


About it, gentlemen!


We'll wait upon your grace till after supper,

And afterward determine our proceedings.
afterward (adv.) afterwards


Even now about it! I will pardon you.
pardon (v.) excuse, give permission to


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