The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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Enter Valentine, Speed, Siluia.Enter Valentine and Speed TG II.i.1.1
Sir, your Gloue.Sir, your glove. TG II.i.1.1
Not mine: my Gloues are on.Not mine. My gloves are on. TG II.i.1.2
Why then this may be yours: for this is but one.Why then, this may be yours, for this is but one. TG II.i.2
Ha? Let me see: I, giue it me, it's mine:Ha! Let me see. Ay, give it me, it's mine. TG II.i.3
Sweet Ornament, that deckes a thing diuine,Sweet ornament that decks a thing divine. TG II.i.4
Ah Siluia, Siluia.Ah, Silvia, Silvia! TG II.i.5
Madam Siluia: Madam Siluia.Madam Silvia! Madam Silvia! TG II.i.6
How now Sirha?How now, sirrah?sirrah (n.)
sir [commanding, insulting, or familiar, depending on context]
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Shee is not within hearing Sir.She is not within hearing, sir. TG II.i.8
Why sir, who bad you call her?Why, sir, who bade you call her? TG II.i.9
Your worship sir, or else I mistooke.Your worship, sir, or else I mistook. TG II.i.10
Well: you'll still be too forward.Well, you'll still be too forward.still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
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And yet I was last chidden for being too slow.And yet I was last chidden for being too slow.chide (v.), past form chid
scold, rebuke, reprove
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Goe to, sir, tell me: do you know MadamGo to, sir. Tell me, do you know Madam TG II.i.13
Siluia?Silvia? TG II.i.14
Shee that your worship loues?She that your worship loves? TG II.i.15
Why, how know you that I am in loue?Why, how know you that I am in love? TG II.i.16
Marry by these speciall markes: first, you haueMarry, by these special marks: first, you havemarry (int.)
[exclamation] by Mary
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learn'd (like Sir Protheus) to wreath your Armes like alearned, like Sir Proteus, to wreathe your arms, like awreathe (v.)

old form: wreath
fold, intertwine
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Male-content: to rellish a Loue-song, like a Robin-red-breast:malcontent; to relish a love-song, like a robin-redbreast;malcontent (n.)

old form: Male-content
discontented individual, trouble-maker
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relish (v.)

old form: rellish
sing, warble, croon
to walke alone like one that had the pestilence: to sigh,to walk alone, like one that had the pestilence; to sigh, TG II.i.20
like a Schoole-boy that had lost his A.B.C. to weep like alike a schoolboy that had lost his A B C; to weep, like a TG II.i.21
yong wench that had buried her Grandam: to fast, likeyoung wench that had buried her grandam; to fast, likewench (n.)
girl, lass
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one that takes diet: to watch, like one that feares robbing:one that takes diet; to watch, like one that fears robbing;diet (n.)
therapeutic nutrition, curative regime
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watch (v.)
stay awake, keep vigil
to speake puling, like a beggar at Hallow-Masse: You wereto speak puling, like a beggar at Hallowmas. You werepuling (n./adj.)
whimperingly, whiningly, complainingly
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Hallowmas (n.)
in Christian tradition, All Saints' Day, 1 November
wont, when you laughed, to crow like a cocke; when youwont, when you laughed, to crow like a cock; when youwont (v.)
be accustomed, used [to], be in the habit of
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walk'd, to walke like one of the Lions: when you fasted,walked, to walk like one of the lions; when you fasted, TG II.i.26
it was presently after dinner: when you look'd sadly, itit was presently after dinner; when you looked sadly, itpresently (adv.)
immediately, instantly, at once
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was for want of money: And now you are Metamorphis'dwas for want of money. And now you are metamorphosedmetamorphose (v.)

old form: Metamorphis'd
transform, alter one's disposition, change one's shape
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with a Mistris, that when I looke on you, I canwith a mistress, that, when I look on you, I can TG II.i.29
hardly thinke you my Master.hardly think you my master. TG II.i.30
Are all these things perceiu'd in me?Are all these things perceived in me? TG II.i.31
They are all perceiu'd without ye.They are all perceived without ye. TG II.i.32
Without me? they cannot.Without me? They cannot. TG II.i.33
Without you? nay, that's certaine: for without / you Without you? Nay, that's certain; for without you TG II.i.34
were so simple, none else would: but you are so withoutwere so simple, none else would. But you are so without TG II.i.35
these follies, that these follies are within you, and shinethese follies, that these follies are within you, and shine TG II.i.36
through you like the water in an Vrinall: that not an eyethrough you like the water in an urinal, that not an eyeurinal (n.)

old form: Vrinall
medical vessel for holding urine
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that sees you, but is a Physician to comment on yourthat sees you but is a physician to comment on your TG II.i.38
Malady.malady. TG II.i.39
But tell me: do'st thou know my Lady Siluia?But tell me, dost thou know my lady Silvia? TG II.i.40
Shee that you gaze on so, as she sits at supper?She that you gaze on so, as she sits at supper? TG II.i.41
Hast thou obseru'd that? euen she I meane.Hast thou observed that? Even she I mean. TG II.i.42
Why sir, I know her not.Why, sir, I know her not. TG II.i.43
Do'st thou know her by my gazing on her,Dost thou know her by my gazing on her, TG II.i.44
and yet know'st her not?and yet knowest her not? TG II.i.45
Is she not hard-fauour'd, sir?Is she not hard-favoured, sir?hard-favoured (adj.)

old form: hard-fauour'd
ugly, unattractive, unsightly, hideous
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Not so faire (boy) as well fauour'd.Not so fair, boy, as well-favoured.well-favoured (adj.)

old form: well fauour'd.
good-looking, attractive in appearance
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Sir, I know that well enough.Sir, I know that well enough. TG II.i.48
What dost thou know?What dost thou know? TG II.i.49
That shee is not so faire, as (of you) well-fauourd?That she is not so fair as, of you, well-favoured. TG II.i.50
I meane that her beauty is exquisite, / But her I mean that her beauty is exquisite, but her TG II.i.51
fauour infinite.favour infinite.favour (n.)

old form: fauour
charm, attractiveness, gracefulness
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That's because the one is painted, and the otherThat's because the one is painted, and the other TG II.i.53
out of all count.out of all count.count (n.)
account, reckoning
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How painted? and how out of count?How painted? And how out of count? TG II.i.55
Marry sir, so painted to make her faire, that noMarry, sir, so painted to make her fair, that no TG II.i.56
man counts of her counts of her beauty.count of (v.)
take account of, esteem, appreciate
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How esteem'st thou me? I account of herHow esteemest thou me? I account of heraccount (v.)
take account of, esteem, appreciate
TG II.i.58 TG II.i.59
You neuer saw her since she was deform'd.You never saw her since she was deformed. TG II.i.60
How long hath she beene deform'd?How long hath she been deformed? TG II.i.61
Euer since you lou'd her.Ever since you loved her. TG II.i.62
I haue lou'd her euer since I saw her, / AndI have loved her ever since I saw her, and TG II.i.63
still I see her beautifull.still I see her beautiful. TG II.i.64
If you loue her, you cannot see her.If you love her, you cannot see her. TG II.i.65
Why?Why? TG II.i.66
Because Loue is blinde: O that you had mine eyes,Because Love is blind. O, that you had mine eyes, TG II.i.67
or your owne eyes had the lights they were wont to haue,or your own eyes had the lights they were wont to have,wont (v.)
be accustomed, used [to], be in the habit of
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light (n.)
ability to see clearly, power of vision
when you chidde at Sir Protheus, for going vngarter'd.when you chid at Sir Proteus for going ungartered!chide (v.), past form chid

old form: chidde
scold, rebuke, reprove
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ungartered (v.)

old form: vngarter'd
untied, not wearing a garter [a sign of a lovesick man]
What should I see then?What should I see then? TG II.i.70
Your owne present folly, and her passing deformitie:Your own present folly, and her passing deformity;passing (adj.)
unsurpassed, extreme, pre-eminent
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for hee beeing in loue, could not see to garter his hose;for he, being in love, could not see to garter his hose;hose (n.)
[pair of] breeches
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and you, beeing in loue, cannot see to put on your hose.and you, being in love, cannot see to put on your hose. TG II.i.73
Belike (boy) then you are in loue, for lastBelike, boy, then you are in love; for lastbelike (adv.)
probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems
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morning / You could not see to wipe my shooes.morning you could not see to wipe my shoes. TG II.i.75
True sir: I was in loue with my bed, I thanke you,True, sir; I was in love with my bed. I thank you, TG II.i.76
you swing'd me for my loue, which makes mee the bolderyou swinged me for my love, which makes me the bolderswinge (v.)

old form: swing'd
beat, thrash, flog
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to chide you, for chide you for yours.chide (v.), past form chid
scold, rebuke, reprove
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In conclusion, I stand affected to her.In conclusion, I stand affected to her.affected (adj.)
devoted, totally in love [with]
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I would you were set, so your affection wouldI would you were set, so your affection wouldset (adj.)
seated, sitting down
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cease.cease. TG II.i.81
Last night she enioyn'd me, / To write someLast night she enjoined me to write some TG II.i.82
lines to one she loues.lines to one she loves. TG II.i.83
And haue you?And have you? TG II.i.84
I haue.I have. TG II.i.85
Are they not lamely writt?Are they not lamely writ?lamely (adv.)
imperfectly, defectively; also, haltingly, in a lame manner
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No (Boy) but as well as I can do them: Peace,No, boy, but as well as I can do them. Peace, TG II.i.87
here she she comes. TG II.i.88
Enter Silvia TG II.i.89.1
(aside) TG II.i.89.2
Oh excellent motion; oh exceeding Puppet:O excellent motion! O exceeding puppet!motion (n.)
TG II.i.89
Now will he interpret to her.Now will he interpret to her. TG II.i.90
Madam & Mistres, a thousand good-Madam and mistress, a thousand good TG II.i.91
morrows.morrows. TG II.i.92
(aside) TG II.i.93
Oh, 'giue ye-good-ev'n: heer's a million ofO, give ye good even! Here's a million of TG II.i.93
manners.manners. TG II.i.94
Sir Valentine, and seruant, to you two thousand.Sir Valentine and servant, to you two thousand. TG II.i.95
(aside) TG II.i.96
He should giue her interest: & she giues itHe should give her interest, and she gives it TG II.i.96
him.him. TG II.i.97
As you inioynd me; I haue writ your LetterAs you enjoined me, I have writ your letter TG II.i.98
Vnto the secret, nameles friend of yours:Unto the secret nameless friend of yours; TG II.i.99
Which I was much vnwilling to proceed in,Which I was much unwilling to proceed in, TG II.i.100
But for my duty to your Ladiship.But for my duty to your ladyship. TG II.i.101
He gives her the letter TG II.i.102.1
I thanke you (gentle Seruant) 'tis very Clerkly done.I thank you, gentle servant, 'tis very clerkly done.clerkly (adv.)
scholarly, cleverly, adroitly
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gentle (adj.)
courteous, friendly, kind
Now trust me (Madam) it came hardly-off:Now trust me, madam, it came hardly off;hardly (adv.)
with great difficulty, only with difficulty
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come off (v.)
turn out, result
For being ignorant to whom it goes,For, being ignorant to whom it goes, TG II.i.104
I writ at randome, very doubtfully.I writ at random, very doubtfully. TG II.i.105
Perchance you think too much of so much pains?Perchance you think too much of so much pains?perchance (adv.)
perhaps, maybe
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No (Madam) so it steed you, I will writeNo, madam; so it stead you, I will write,stead (v.)

old form: steed
help, assist, benefit
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(Please you command) a thousand times as much:Please you command, a thousand times as much; TG II.i.108
And yet ---And yet –  TG II.i.109
A pretty period: well: I ghesse the sequell;A pretty period! Well, I guess the sequel;period (n.)
rhetorical pause, sentence ending, termination
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And yet I will not name it: and yet I care not.And yet I will not name it; and yet I care not; TG II.i.111
And yet, take this againe:And yet take this again;again (adv.)

old form: againe
in return, back [in response]
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She offer him the letter TG II.i.112
and yet I thanke you:and yet I thank you, TG II.i.112.2
Meaning henceforth to trouble you no more.Meaning henceforth to trouble you no more. TG II.i.113
(aside) TG II.i.114
And yet you will: and yet, another yet.And yet you will; and yet, another ‘ yet.’ TG II.i.114
What meanes your Ladiship? Doe you not like it?What means your ladyship? Do you not like it? TG II.i.115
Yes, yes: the lines are very queintly writ,Yes, yes; the lines are very quaintly writ;quaintly (adv.)

old form: queintly
subtly, skilfully, ingeniously
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But (since vnwillingly) take them againe.But, since unwillingly, take them again. TG II.i.117
Nay, take them.Nay, take them. TG II.i.118.1
She offers the letter again TG II.i.118
Madam, they are for you.Madam, they are for you. TG II.i.118.2
I, I: you writ them Sir, at my request,Ay, ay; you writ them, sir, at my request, TG II.i.119
But I will none of them: they are for you:But I will none of them; they are for you. TG II.i.120
I would haue had them writ more mouingly:I would have had them writ more movingly. TG II.i.121
Valentine takes the letter TG II.i.122
Please you, Ile write your Ladiship another.Please you, I'll write your ladyship another. TG II.i.122
And when it's writ: for my sake read it ouer,And when it's writ, for my sake read it over; TG II.i.123
And if it please you, so: if not: why so:And if it please you, so; if not, why, so. TG II.i.124
If it please me, (Madam?) what then?If it please me, madam, what then? TG II.i.125
Why if it please you, take it for your labour;Why, if it please you, take it for your labour. TG II.i.126
And so good-morrow Seruant.And so, good morrow, servant.morrow (n.)
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Exit. Sil.Exit TG II.i.127
(aside) TG II.i.128
Oh Iest vnseene: inscrutible: inuisible,O jest unseen, inscrutable, invisible TG II.i.128
As a nose on a mans face, or a Wethercocke on a steeple:As a nose on a man's face, or a weathercock on a steeple! TG II.i.129
My Master sues to her: and she hath taught her Sutor,My master sues to her; and she hath taught her suitor,sue (v.)
pay court, act as a suitor
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He being her Pupill, to become her Tutor.He being her pupil, to become her tutor. TG II.i.131
Oh excellent deuise, was there euer heard a better?O excellent device! Was there ever heard a better, TG II.i.132
That my master being scribe, / To himselfe should write the Letter?That my master, being scribe, to himself should write the letter? TG II.i.133
How now Sir? What are you reasoning withHow now, sir? What are you reasoning withreason (v.)
raise, bring up, discuss
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your selfe?yourself? TG II.i.135
Nay: I was riming: 'tis you yt haue the reason.Nay, I was rhyming; 'tis you that have the reason. TG II.i.136
To doe what?To do what? TG II.i.137
To be a Spokes-man from Madam Siluia.To be a spokesman for Madam Silvia. TG II.i.138
To whom?To whom? TG II.i.139
To your selfe: why, she woes you by a figure.To yourself. Why, she woos you by a figure.figure (n.)
figure of speech, device, piece of rhetoric
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What figure?What figure? TG II.i.141
By a Letter, I should say.By a letter, I should say. TG II.i.142
Why she hath not writ to me?Why, she hath not writ to me. TG II.i.143
What need she, / When shee hath made you write to What need she, when she hath made you write to TG II.i.144
your selfe? Why, doe you not perceiue the iest?yourself? Why, do you not perceive the jest? TG II.i.145
No, beleeue me.No, believe me. TG II.i.146
No beleeuing you indeed sir: But did you perceiueNo believing you, indeed, sir. But did you perceive TG II.i.147
her earnest?her earnest?earnest (n.)
pledge, instalment, deposit, payment in advance
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She gaue me none, except an angry word.She gave me none, except an angry word. TG II.i.149
Why she hath giuen you a Letter.Why, she hath given you a letter. TG II.i.150
That's the Letter I writ to her friend.That's the letter I writ to her friend. TG II.i.151
And y letter hath she deliuer'd, & there anAnd that letter hath she delivered, and there an TG II.i.152
end.end. TG II.i.153
I would it were no worse.I would it were no worse. TG II.i.154
Ile warrant you, 'tis as well:I'll warrant you, 'tis as well:warrant (v.)
assure, promise, guarantee, confirm
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For often haue you writ to her: and she in modesty,For often have you writ to her; and she, in modesty, TG II.i.156
Or else for want of idle time, could not againe reply,Or else for want of idle time, could not again reply; TG II.i.157
Or fearing els some messẽger, yt might her mind discouerOr fearing else some messenger, that might her mind discover,discover (v.)

old form: discouer
reveal, show, make known
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Her self hath taught her Loue himself, to write vnto her louer.Herself hath taught her love himself to write unto her lover. TG II.i.159
All this I speak in print, for in print I found it. / WhyAll this I speak in print, for in print I found it. Whyprint, in
in a precise way, by the letter, very carefully
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muse you sir, 'tis dinner time.muse you, sir? 'Tis dinner-time.muse (v.)
wonder, speculate, ponder
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I haue dyn'd.I have dined. TG II.i.162
I, but hearken sir: though the Cameleon LoueAy, but hearken, sir: though the chameleon Love TG II.i.163
can feed on the ayre, I am one that am nourish'd by mycan feed on the air, I am one that am nourished by my TG II.i.164
victuals; and would faine haue meate: oh bee not like yourvictuals, and would fain have meat. O, be not like yourfain (adv.)

old form: faine
gladly, willingly
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Mistresse, be moued, be moued.mistress; be moved, be moved.move (v.)

old form: moued
arouse, affect, stir [by emotion]
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ExeuntExeunt TG II.i.166
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