The Two Gentlemen of Verona

by: William Shakespeare

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LUCETTA

I have no other but a woman’s reason;
I think him so because I think him so.

LUCETTA

I have no other reason than a woman’s intuition: I think he’s the best simply because I do.

JULIA

25And wouldst thou have me cast my love on him?

JULIA

And would you have me throw my love at him?

LUCETTA

Ay, if you thought your love not cast away.

LUCETTA

Yes, if you thought your love wouldn’t be thrown away.

JULIA

Why, he of all the rest hath never moved me.

JULIA

But, of all the others, he has never proposed to me.

LUCETTA

Yet he of all the rest I think best loves ye.

LUCETTA

Yet, of all the others, I think he loves you the most.

JULIA

His little speaking shows his love but small.

JULIA

The fact that he doesn’t say much to me shows he doesn’t love me much.

LUCETTA

30Fire that’s closest kept burns most of all.

LUCETTA

Fire that’s most enclosed burns most of all.

JULIA

They do not love that do not show their love.

JULIA

Those who don’t show their love don’t love at all.

LUCETTA

O, they love least that let men know their love.

LUCETTA

Oh, those who tell others of their love love the least of all.

JULIA

I would I knew his mind.

JULIA

I wish I knew how he felt.

LUCETTA

[Giving a letter] Peruse this paper, madam.

LUCETTA

(giving her a letter) Read this paper, madam.

JULIA

35“To Julia.” Say, from whom?

JULIA

“To Julia.” Tell me, who’s it from?

LUCETTA

That the contents will show.

LUCETTA

The letter will say.

JULIA

Say, say, who gave it thee?

JULIA

Tell me, who gave it to you?

LUCETTA

Sir Valentine’s page; and sent, I think, from Proteus.
He would have given it you, but I, being in the way,
40Did in your name receive it. Pardon the fault, I pray.

LUCETTA

Sir Valentine’s servant, but I think it was sent from Proteus. He would have given it to you himself, but I ran into him first and took it in your name. Please forgive me.

JULIA

Now, by my modesty, a goodly broker!
Dare you presume to harbor wanton lines?
To whisper and conspire against my youth?
Now trust me, ’tis an office of great worth,
45And you an officer fit for the place.
There, take the paper. See it be returned,
Or else return no more into my sight. [Giving the letter back]

JULIA

Well, you’re a fine go-between! Do you dare receive love letters, and to whisper and conspire against me because of my lack of experience? Trust me, it’s an important job, and you’re just the kind of person for it. There, take the letter. See that it’s returned, or else don’t let me see you again. (giving the letter back)