The Two Gentlemen of Verona

by: William Shakespeare

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FIRST OUTLAW

What! were you banished thence?

FIRST OUTLAW

What! Were you banished?

VALENTINE

I was.

VALENTINE

I was.

SECOND OUTLAW

25For what offence?

SECOND OUTLAW

For what crime?

VALENTINE

For that which now torments me to rehearse:
I killed a man, whose death I much repent,
But yet I slew him manfully in fight
Without false vantage or base treachery.

VALENTINE

For something that now hurts me to repeat: I killed a man, whose death I greatly regret, even though I killed him in a fair fight without deceit or wicked treachery.

FIRST OUTLAW

30Why, ne’er repent it, if it were done so.
But were you banished for so small a fault?

FIRST OUTLAW

Why, never regret it if that’s the way it happened. Were you really banished for such a small offense?

VALENTINE

I was, and held me glad of such a doom.

VALENTINE

I was, and was grateful to have just been banished.

SECOND OUTLAW

Have you the tongues?

SECOND OUTLAW

Do you speak any other languages?

VALENTINE

My youthful travel therein made me happy,
35Or else I often had been miserable.

VALENTINE

I traveled when I was young, which made me happy. Otherwise, I would have been miserable.

THIRD OUTLAW

By the bare scalp of Robin Hood’s fat friar,
This fellow were a king for our wild faction!

THIRD OUTLAW

By the bald head of Robin Hood’s fat Friar Tuck! This fellow would make a great king for our group of bandits!

FIRST OUTLAW

We’ll have him. Sirs, a word.

FIRST OUTLAW

We’ll take him. Sirs, a word with you all.
The Outlaws confer in whispers.
The Outlaws confer in whispers.

SPEED

Master, be one of them.
40It’s an honorable kind of thievery.

SPEED

Master, become one of them. It’s an honorable kind of thievery.

VALENTINE

Peace, villain!

VALENTINE

Quiet, rascal!

SECOND OUTLAW

[Returning to Valentine] Tell us this: have you anything to take to?

SECOND OUTLAW

(returning to Valentine) Tell us this: do you have any way to support yourself?

VALENTINE

Nothing but my fortune.

VALENTINE

Nothing but my luck.

THIRD OUTLAW

Know, then, that some of us are gentlemen,
45Such as the fury of ungoverned youth
Thrust from the company of awful men.
Myself was from Verona banishèd
For practicing to steal away a lady,
An heir, and near allied unto the Duke.

THIRD OUTLAW

You should know, then, that some of us are gentlemen who were forced out of respectable society by our unrestrained youth. I myself was banished from Verona for planning to elope with a lady, an heir who was close to the Duke.