The Two Gentlemen of Verona

by: William Shakespeare

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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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