The Two Gentlemen of Verona

by: William Shakespeare

Act 4 Scene 1

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Enter certain OUTLAWS
Several OUTLAWS enter.

FIRST OUTLAW

Fellows, stand fast. I see a passenger.

FIRST OUTLAW

Men, get ready. I see a traveler.

SECOND OUTLAW

If there be ten, shrink not, but down with ’em.

SECOND OUTLAW

Even if there are ten of them, don’t back down. Take them down.
Enter VALENTINE and SPEED
VALENTINE and SPEED enter.

THIRD OUTLAW

Stand, sir! And throw us that you have about ye.
If not, we’ll make you sit, and rifle you.

THIRD OUTLAW

Stop, sir! Give us what you have on you. If you don’t, we’ll make you sit and we’ll search you.

SPEED

5Sir, we are undone. These are the villains
That all the travelers do fear so much.

SPEED

Sir, we’re ruined. These are the bandits that all the travelers in this area fear so much.

VALENTINE

My friends—

VALENTINE

My friends—

FIRST OUTLAW

That’s not so, sir. We are your enemies.

FIRST OUTLAW

That’s not how it is, sir. We are your enemies.

SECOND OUTLAW

Peace! We’ll hear him.

SECOND OUTLAW

Quiet! Let’s hear him out.

THIRD OUTLAW

10Ay, by my beard will we, for he is a proper man.

THIRD OUTLAW

Yeah, by the hair on my chin we’ll hear him out, because he is a handsome man.

VALENTINE

Then know that I have little wealth to lose.
A man I am, crossed with adversity;
My riches are these poor habiliments,
Of which if you should here disfurnish me
15You take the sum and substance that I have.

VALENTINE

You should know that I have little wealth to lose. I am a man who’s been struck by hardship. My only riches are these poor clothes I’m wearing, and if you take them then you take the sum total of everything I own.

SECOND OUTLAW

Whither travel you?

SECOND OUTLAW

Where are you going?

VALENTINE

To Verona.

VALENTINE

To Verona.

FIRST OUTLAW

Whence came you?

FIRST OUTLAW

Where did you come from?

VALENTINE

From Milan.

VALENTINE

From Milan.

THIRD OUTLAW

20Have you long sojourned there?

THIRD OUTLAW

How long were you there?

VALENTINE

Some sixteen months, and longer might have stayed
If crooked fortune had not thwarted me.

VALENTINE

About sixteen months, and I might have stayed longer if bad luck hadn’t thwarted me.

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