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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 1

page Act 1 Scene 1 Page 6

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No, not so much as “Take this for thy pains.” To testify your bounty, I thank you, you have testerned me; in requital whereof, henceforth carry your letters yourself. And so, sir, I’ll commend you to my master.


No, not even so much as “Take this for your trouble.” I can attest to your generosity since you’ve given me a small tip. In return, you can deliver your own letters from now on. And so, sir, I’ll say hello to my master for you.


Go, go, begone, to save your ship from wreck,
Which cannot perish having thee aboard,
Being destined to a drier death on shore.


SPEED exits.
120I must go send some better messenger.
I fear my Julia would not deign my lines,
Receiving them from such a worthless post.
I must send a letter with a better messenger. I’m afraid my Julia wouldn’t accept my letter because she received it from such a worthless postman.
PROTEUS exits.

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