The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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Enter Thurio, Protheus, Iulia, Duke.Enter Thurio, Proteus, and Julia dressed in a page's TG V.ii.1.1
costume TG V.ii.1.2
Sir Protheus, what saies Siluia to my suit?Sir Proteus, what says Silvia to my suit?suit (n.)
wooing, courtship
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Oh Sir, I finde her milder then she was,O, sir, I find her milder than she was; TG V.ii.2
And yet she takes exceptions at your person.And yet she takes exceptions at your person.exception (n.)
(often plural) objection, dislike, disapproval
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What? that my leg is too long?What? That my leg is too long? TG V.ii.4
No, that it is too little.No, that it is too little.little (adj.)
thin, lean, skinny
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Ile weare a Boote, to make it somewhat rounder.I'll wear a boot to make it somewhat rounder.boot (n.)

old form: Boote
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(aside) TG V.ii.7
But loue will not be spurd to what it loathes.But love will not be spurred to what it loathes. TG V.ii.7
What saies she to my face?What says she to my face? TG V.ii.8
She saies it is a faire one.She says it is a fair one.fair (adj.)

old form: faire
pale, of light complexion
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Nay then the wanton lyes: my face is blacke.Nay then, the wanton lies; my face is black.wanton (n.)
wilful creature, obstinate individual
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black (adj.)

old form: blacke
dark-complexioned, swarthy
But Pearles are faire; and the old saying is,But pearls are fair; and the old saying is: TG V.ii.11
Blacke men are Pearles, in beauteous Ladies eyes.Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies' (adj.)

old form: Blacke
dark-complexioned, swarthy
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(aside) TG V.ii.13.1
'Tis true, such Pearles as put out Ladies eyes,'Tis true, such pearls as put out ladies' eyes;pearl (n.)

old form: Pearles
cataract [in the eye]
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For I had rather winke, then looke on them.For I had rather wink than look on them.wink (v.)

old form: winke
shut one's eyes
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How likes she my discourse?How likes she my discourse?discourse (n.)
conversation, talk, chat
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Ill, when you talke of war.Ill, when you talk of war.ill (adv.)
badly, adversely, unfavourably
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But well, when I discourse of loue and peace.But well when I discourse of love and peace?discourse (v.)
talk, chat, converse
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(aside) TG V.ii.18
But better indeede, when you hold you peace.But better, indeed, when you hold your peace. TG V.ii.18
What sayes she to my valour?What says she to my valour? TG V.ii.19
Oh Sir, she makes no doubt of that.O, sir, she makes no doubt of that.doubt (n.)
question, difficulty, hesitation [over]
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(aside) TG V.ii.21
She needes not, when she knowes it cowardize.She needs not, when she knows it cowardice. TG V.ii.21
What saies she to my birth?What says she to my birth? TG V.ii.22
That you are well deriu'd.That you are well derived.derived (adj.)

old form: deriu'd
descended, in lineage
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(aside) TG V.ii.24
True: from a Gentleman, to a foole.True; from a gentleman to a fool. TG V.ii.24
Considers she my Possessions?Considers she my possessions? TG V.ii.25
Oh, I: and pitties them.O, ay; and pities them. TG V.ii.26
Wherefore?Wherefore? TG V.ii.27
(aside) TG V.ii.28.1
That such an Asse should owe them.That such an ass should owe them.owe (v.)
own, possess, have
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That they are out by Lease.That they are out by, out by
let out to others, not under one's full ownership
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Enter the Duke of Milan TG V.ii.30
Here comes the Duke.Here comes the Duke. TG V.ii.30
How now sir Protheus; how now Thurio?How now, Sir Proteus! How now, Thurio! TG V.ii.31
Which of you saw Eglamoure of late?Which of you saw Sir Eglamour of late?late, of
recently, a little while ago
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Not I.Not I. TG V.ii.33.1
Nor I.Nor I. TG V.ii.33.2
Saw you my daughter?Saw you my daughter? TG V.ii.33.3
Neither.Neither. TG V.ii.33.4
Why thenWhy then, TG V.ii.34
She's fled vnto that pezant, Valentine;She's fled unto that peasant Valentine;peasant (adj.)

old form: pezant
base, low, villainous
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And Eglamoure is in her Company:And Eglamour is in her company. TG V.ii.36
'Tis true: for Frier Laurence met them both'Tis true; for Friar Laurence met them both TG V.ii.37
As he, in pennance wander'd through the Forrest:As he in penance wandered through the forest; TG V.ii.38
Him he knew well: and guesd that it was she,Him he knew well, and guessed that it was she, TG V.ii.39
But being mask'd, he was not sure of it.But, being masked, he was not sure of it; TG V.ii.40
Besides she did intend ConfessionBesides, she did intend confession TG V.ii.41
At Patricks Cell this euen, and there she was not.At Patrick's cell this even; and there she was not.even (n.)

old form: euen
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These likelihoods confirme her flight from hence;These likelihoods confirm her flight from hence; TG V.ii.43
Therefore I pray you stand, not to discourse,Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse,stand (v.)
waste time, delay, wait
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discourse (v.)
talk, chat, converse
But mount you presently, and meete with meBut mount you presently, and meet with mepresently (adv.)
immediately, instantly, at once
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Vpon the rising of the Mountaine footeUpon the rising of the mountain-footmountain-foot (n.)

old form: Mountaine foote
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That leads toward Mantua, whether they are fled:That leads towards Mantua, whither they are fled. TG V.ii.47
Dispatch (sweet Gentlemen) and follow me.Dispatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me.dispatch, despatch (v.)
hurry up, be quick
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Exit TG V.ii.48
Why this it is, to be a peeuish Girle,Why, this it is to be a peevish girlpeevish (adj.)

old form: peeuish
obstinate, perverse, self-willed [contrast modern sense of ‘irritable, morose’]
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That flies her fortune when it followes her:That flies her fortune when it follows her. TG V.ii.50
Ile after; more to be reueng'd on Eglamoure,I'll after, more to be revenged on Eglamour TG V.ii.51
Then for the loue of reck-lesse Siluia.Than for the love of reckless Silvia. TG V.ii.52
Exit TG V.ii.52
And I will follow, more for Siluas loueAnd I will follow, more for Silvia's love TG V.ii.53
Then hate of Eglamoure that goes with her.Than hate of Eglamour, that goes with her. TG V.ii.54
Exit TG V.ii.54
And I will follow, more to crosse that loueAnd I will follow, more to cross that love TG V.ii.55
Then hate for Siluia, that is gone for loue.Than hate for Silvia, that is gone for love. TG V.ii.56
Exeunt.Exit TG V.ii.56
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