The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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Enter Valentine and Proteus

 

VALENTINE

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Cease to persuade, my loving Proteus;

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Home-keeping youth have ever homely wits.
wit (n.) 5 mind, brain, thoughts

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Were't not affection chains thy tender days
affection (n.) 4 love, devotion

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To the sweet glances of thy honoured love,

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I rather would entreat thy company

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To see the wonders of the world abroad

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Than, living dully sluggardized at home,
sluggardized (adj.) like a sluggard, made lazy

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Wear out thy youth with shapeless idleness.
shapeless (adj.) 2 aimless, without guidance, desultory

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But, since thou lovest, love still, and thrive therein,
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually

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Even as I would when I to love begin.

 

PROTEUS

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Wilt thou be gone? Sweet Valentine, adieu.

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Think on thy Proteus, when thou haply seest
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck

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Some rare noteworthy object in thy travel.

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Wish me partaker in thy happiness,

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When thou dost meet good hap; and in thy danger –
hap (n.) 1 fortune, lot, fate

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If ever danger do environ thee –
environ (v.) surround, envelop, encircle, engulf

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Commend thy grievance to my holy prayers,
commend (v.) 2 commit, entrust, hand over
grievance (n.) 1 distress, suffering, pain

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For I will be thy beadsman, Valentine.
beadsman (n.) almsman, pensioner [who prays for others]

 

VALENTINE

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And on a love-book pray for my success?
love-book (n.) book dealing with matters of love, courtship manual

 

PROTEUS

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Upon some book I love I'll pray for thee.

 

VALENTINE

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That's on some shallow story of deep love,

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How young Leander crossed the Hellespont.

 

PROTEUS

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That's a deep story of a deeper love,

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For he was more than over-shoes in love.
overshoes, over-shoes (adj.) (plural) shoe-deep, following a reckless course

 

VALENTINE

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'Tis true; for you are over-boots in love,
over-boots (adj.) (plural) boot-deep, following a reckless course

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And yet you never swam the Hellespont.

 

PROTEUS

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Over the boots? Nay, give me not the boots.
boots, give someone the make fun of someone, make a fool of someone

 

VALENTINE

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No, I will not; for it boots thee not.
boot (v.) 1 help, serve, benefit, be useful [to]

 

PROTEUS

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                         What?

 

VALENTINE

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To be in love, where scorn is bought with groans;

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Coy looks, with heart-sore sighs; one fading moment's mirth,
coy (adj.) 2 unresponsive, distant, standoffish, disdainful

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With twenty, watchful, weary, tedious nights;
watchful (adj.) wakeful, unsleeping, vigilant

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If haply won, perhaps a hapless gain;
hapless (adj.) luckless, unfortunate, unlucky
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck

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If lost, why then a grievous labour won;

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However, but a folly bought with wit,

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Or else a wit by folly vanquished.
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability

 

PROTEUS

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So, by your circumstance, you call me fool?
circumstance (n.) 3 special argument, detailed explanation

 

VALENTINE

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So, by your circumstance, I fear you'll prove.
circumstance (n.) 4 condition, state, situation

 

PROTEUS

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'Tis Love you cavil at; I am not Love.
cavil (v.) dispute over details, raise pointless objections

 

VALENTINE

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Love is your master, for he masters you;

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And he that is so yoked by a fool,

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Methinks should not be chronicled for wise.
chronicle (v.) 1 register, log, put on record [as]
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me

 

PROTEUS

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Yet writers say, as in the sweetest bud

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The eating canker dwells, so eating love
canker (n./adj.) 1 grub that destroys plant buds and leaves, cankerworm, parasite

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Inhabits in the finest wits of all.
wits, also five wits faculties of the mind (common wit, imagination, fantasy, estimation, memory) or body (the five senses)

 

VALENTINE

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And writers say, as the most forward bud
forward (adj.) 7 promising, early-maturing, precocious

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Is eaten by the canker ere it blow,
blow (v.) 1 blossom, bloom, flower
canker (n./adj.) 1 grub that destroys plant buds and leaves, cankerworm, parasite

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Even so by love the young and tender wit

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Is turned to folly, blasting in the bud,
blast (v.) 1 blight, wither, destroy

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Losing his verdure even in the prime,
prime (n.) 2 early years, prime of life, fullness of youth
verdure, verdour (n.) sap, vitality, vigour, freshness

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And all the fair effects of future hopes.
effect (n.) 1 result, end, outcome, fulfilment
fair (adj.) 4 fine, pleasing, splendid, excellent

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But wherefore waste I time to counsel thee

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That art a votary to fond desire?
fond (adj.) 4 infatuated, doting, passionate
votary (n.) 1 devotee, disciple, worshipper [of]

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Once more adieu. My father at the road
road (n.) 1 harbour, anchorage, roadstead

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Expects my coming, there to see me shipped.
expect (v.) await, wait for

 

PROTEUS

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And thither will I bring thee, Valentine.
bring (v.) 1 accompany, conduct, escort

 

VALENTINE

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Sweet Proteus, no; now let us take our leave.

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To Milan let me hear from thee by letters

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Of thy success in love, and what news else
success (n.) 2 fortune, destiny

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Betideth here in absence of thy friend;
betide (v.) 1 happen (to), befall, come (to)

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And I likewise will visit thee with mine.
visit (v.) 2 supply, furnish, provide

 

PROTEUS

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All happiness bechance to thee in Milan.
bechance (v.) happen to, befall

 

VALENTINE

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As much to you at home. And so farewell.

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Exit

 

PROTEUS

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He after honour hunts, I after love.

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He leaves his friends to dignify them more;

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I leave myself, my friends, and all for love.

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Thou, Julia, thou hast metamorphosed me,
metamorphose (v.) transform, alter one's disposition, change one's shape

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Made me neglect my studies, lose my time,
lose (v.) 2 waste, throw away, give unprofitably

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War with good counsel, set the world at naught;

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Made wit with musing weak, heart sick with thought.
thought (n.) 2 melancholic reflection, anxiety, sorrow, worry

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Enter Speed

 

SPEED

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Sir Proteus, save you! Saw you my master?

 

PROTEUS

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But now he parted hence to embark for Milan.

 

SPEED

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Twenty to one then he is shipped already,

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And I have played the sheep in losing him.

 

PROTEUS

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Indeed, a sheep doth very often stray,

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An if the shepherd be a while away.

 

SPEED

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You conclude that my master is a shepherd then,

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and I a sheep?

 

PROTEUS

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I do.

 

SPEED

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Why then, my horns are his horns, whether I wake

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or sleep.

 

PROTEUS

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A silly answer, and fitting well a sheep.

 

SPEED

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This proves me still a sheep.

 

PROTEUS

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True; and thy master a shepherd.

 

SPEED

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Nay, that I can deny by a circumstance.
circumstance (n.) 3 special argument, detailed explanation

 

PROTEUS

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It shall go hard but I'll prove it by another.
hard (adv.) 3 badly, poorly, ill

 

SPEED

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The shepherd seeks the sheep, and not the sheep

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the shepherd; but I seek my master, and my master

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seeks not me. Therefore I am no sheep.

 

PROTEUS

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The sheep for fodder follow the shepherd; the

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shepherd for food follows not the sheep. Thou for

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wages followest thy master, thy master for wages follows

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not thee. Therefore thou art a sheep.

 

SPEED

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Such another proof will make me cry, ‘baa'.

 

PROTEUS

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But dost thou hear? Gavest thou my letter to

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Julia?

 

SPEED

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Ay, sir. I, a lost mutton, gave your letter to her,

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a laced mutton; and she, a laced mutton, gave me, a lost
mutton (n.) 2 prostitute, courtesan

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mutton, nothing for my labour.

 

PROTEUS

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Here's too small a pasture for such store of

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muttons.

 

SPEED

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If the ground be overcharged, you were best stick
overcharged (adj.) 2 overburdened, overstocked, overfilled
stick (v.) 4 slaughter, kill [by stabbing]

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her.

 

PROTEUS

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Nay, in that you are astray; 'twere best pound
pound (v.) shut up, confine [as animals in a pound]

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you.

 

SPEED

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Nay, sir, less than a pound shall serve me for

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carrying your letter.

 

PROTEUS

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You mistake; I mean the pound – a pinfold.
pinfold (n.) pound, place for keeping stray animals

 

SPEED

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From a pound to a pin? Fold it over and over,
pin (n.) 1 trifle, triviality, insignificant amount

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'Tis threefold too little for carrying a letter to your lover.

 

PROTEUS

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But what said she?

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Speed nods

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A nod?

 

SPEED

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Ay.

 

PROTEUS

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Nod-ay? Why, that's noddy.
noddy (n.) fool, simpleton, buffoon

 

SPEED

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You mistook, sir. I say she did nod; and you ask

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me if she did nod, and I say ‘ Ay.’

 

PROTEUS

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And that set together is ‘ noddy.’

 

SPEED

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Now you have taken the pains to set it together,

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take it for your pains.

 

PROTEUS

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No, no; you shall have it for bearing the letter.

 

SPEED

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Well, I perceive I must be fain to bear with you.
fain (adj.) 1 obliged, forced, compelled

 

PROTEUS

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Why, sir, how do you bear with me?

 

SPEED

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Marry, sir, the letter very orderly, having nothing
orderly (adv.) according to the rules, properly, in the prescribed way

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but the word ‘ noddy ’ for my pains.

 

PROTEUS

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Beshrew me, but you have a quick wit.
beshrew, 'shrew (v.) 1 curse, devil take, evil befall
wit (n.) 2 mental sharpness, acumen, quickness, ingenuity

 

SPEED

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And yet it cannot overtake your slow purse.

 

PROTEUS

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Come, come, open the matter in brief; what
brief, in quickly, speedily, expeditiously
matter (n.) 1 subject-matter, content, substance
open (v.) 1 reveal, uncover, disclose

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said she?

 

SPEED

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Open your purse, that the money and the matter

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may be both at once delivered.

 

PROTEUS

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Well, sir, here is for your pains.

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He gives Speed money

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What said she?

 

SPEED

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Truly, sir, I think you'll hardly win her.

 

PROTEUS

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Why? Couldst thou perceive so much from
perceive (v.) receive, get, obtain

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her?

 

SPEED

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Sir, I could perceive nothing at all from her; no,

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not so much as a ducat for delivering your letter; and

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being so hard to me that brought your mind, I fear she'll

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prove as hard to you in telling your mind. Give her no

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token but stones, for she's as hard as steel.

 

PROTEUS

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What said she? Nothing?

 

SPEED

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No, not so much as ‘ Take this for thy pains.’ To

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testify your bounty, I thank you, you have testerned me;
bounty (n.) 2 special gift, present
testern (v.) give a sixpence [tester] as a tip

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in requital whereof, henceforth carry your letters yourself.
requital (n.) recompense, reward, repayment

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And so, sir, I'll commend you to my master.
commend (v.) 1 convey greetings, present kind regards

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Exit

 

PROTEUS

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Go, go, be gone, to save your ship from wreck,

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Which cannot perish, having thee aboard,

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Being destined to a drier death on shore.

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I must go send some better messenger.

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I fear my Julia would not deign my lines,
deign (v.) 1 willingly accept, not disdain

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Receiving them from such a worthless post.
post (n.) 1 express messenger, courier

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Exit

 
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