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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter SYLVIA, OUTLAWS
SYLVIA enters, led by Outlaws.
FIRST OUTLAW
Come, come,
Be patient. We must bring you to our captain.
FIRST OUTLAW
Come on, come on. Be patient. We must bring you to our captain.
SYLVIA
A thousand more mischances than this one
Have learned me how to brook this patiently.
SYLVIA
A thousand misfortunes worse than this one have taught me how to endure this patiently.
SECOND OUTLAW
5Come, bring her away.
SECOND OUTLAW
Go on, take her away.
FIRST OUTLAW
Where is the gentleman that was with her?
FIRST OUTLAW
SECOND OUTLAW
Being nimble-footed, he hath outrun us,
But Moses and Valerius follow him.
Go thou with her to the west end of the wood;
10There is our captain. We’ll follow him that’s fled.
The thicket is beset; he cannot scape.
SECOND OUTLAW
He was fast so he outran us, but Moses and Valerius are following him. Go with her to the west end of the woods. Our captain is there. We’ll follow the guy who fled. The woods are surrounded by our men—he cannot escape.
Exeunt all but FIRST OUTLAW and SYLVIA
They all exit, except the First Outlaw and Sylvia.
FIRST OUTLAW
Come, I must bring you to our captain’s cave.
Fear not; he bears an honorable mind
And will not use a woman lawlessly.
FIRST OUTLAW
Come on, I must take you to our captain’s cave. Don’t be afraid. He is an honorable man and will not rape you.
SYLVIA
15O Valentine, this I endure for thee!
SYLVIA
Oh, Valentine, I endure all this for you!
Exeunt
They exit.