The Two Gentlemen of Verona

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter VALENTINE, SYLVIA, THURIO, and SPEED
VALENTINE, SYLVIA, THURIO, and SPEED enter.

SYLVIA

Servant!

SYLVIA

Servant!

VALENTINE

Mistress?

VALENTINE

Mistress?

SPEED

Master, Sir Thurio frowns on you.

SPEED

Master, Sir Thurio is frowning at you.

VALENTINE

Ay, boy, it’s for love.

VALENTINE

Yes, boy, it’s because he’s in love.

SPEED

5Not of you.

SPEED

Not with you.

VALENTINE

Of my mistress, then.

VALENTINE

With my mistress, then.

SPEED

’Twere good you knocked him.

SPEED

It would be good if you punched him.
Exit SPEED
SPEED exits.

SYLVIA

Servant, you are sad.

SYLVIA

Servant, you are sad.

VALENTINE

Indeed, madam, I seem so.

VALENTINE

Indeed, madame, I seem to be.

THURIO

10Seem you that you are not?

THURIO

It seems you’re sad when you are not?

VALENTINE

Haply I do.

VALENTINE

As it happens, I seem to be something I’m not.

THURIO

So do counterfeits.

THURIO

Just like a fake.

VALENTINE

So do you.

VALENTINE

You also seem to be something you’re not.

THURIO

What seem I that I am not?

THURIO

What do I seem like that I am not?

VALENTINE

15Wise.

VALENTINE

Wise.

THURIO

What instance of the contrary?

THURIO

What proof do you have to the contrary?

VALENTINE

Your folly.

VALENTINE

Your foolishness.

THURIO

And how quote you my folly?

THURIO

And what do you know of my foolishness?

VALENTINE

I quote it in your jerkin.

VALENTINE

Because you’re wearing a

jerkin

A short coat.

jerkin
.

THURIO

20My “jerkin” is a doublet.

THURIO

My “jerkin” is actually a

doublet

A jacket.

doublet
.

VALENTINE

Well, then, I’ll double your folly.

VALENTINE

Well, then, you’re doubly foolish.