The Two Gentlemen of Verona

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 4 Scene 2
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HOST

How now? Are you sadder than you were before? How do you, man? The music likes you not.

HOST

What’s this? Are you sadder than you were before? What’s going on, man? You don’t like the music?

JULIA

You mistake; the musician likes me not.

JULIA

You’re mistaken. The musician doesn’t like me.

HOST

Why, my pretty youth?

HOST

Why, my young friend?

JULIA

He plays false, father.

JULIA

He is being false, sir.

HOST

55How? Out of tune on the strings?

HOST

How so? Are his instrument’s strings out of tune?

JULIA

Not so, but yet so false that he grieves my very heartstrings.

JULIA

No, but he’s being so false that it hurts my very heartstrings.

HOST

You have a quick ear.

HOST

You have a good ear.

JULIA

Ay, I would I were deaf; it makes me have a slow heart.

JULIA

Yes, but I wish I were deaf. It makes my heart sad.

HOST

I perceive you delight not in music.

HOST

I see you don’t enjoy listening to music.

JULIA

60Not a whit, when it jars so.

JULIA

Not at all, when it sounds so awful.

HOST

Hark, what fine change is in the music!

HOST

Listen, how they change their tune!

JULIA

Ay, that change is the spite.

JULIA

Yes, that “change” is the problem.

HOST

You would have them always play but one thing?

HOST

Would you prefer that they always play just one thing?

JULIA

I would always have one play but one thing. But, Host, doth this Sir Proteus that we talk on often resort unto this gentlewoman?

JULIA

I would always have one of them play only one song. But, host, does this Sir Proteus we’re talking about often go to this lady?

HOST

65I tell you what Lance, his man, told me: he loved her out of all nick.

HOST

I’ll tell you what Lance, his servant, told me: he loved her more than anything.

JULIA

Where is Lance?

JULIA

Where is Lance?

HOST

Gone to seek his dog, which tomorrow, by his master’s command, he must carry for a present to his lady.

HOST

Gone to find his dog, which he must deliver as a present to Sylvia tomorrow upon his master’s command.

JULIA

Peace! Stand aside. The company parts.

JULIA

Quiet! Step aside. The musicians are leaving.
JULIA and the HOST stand aside.
Julia and the Host stand aside.

PROTEUS

Sir Thurio, fear not you. I will so plead
70That you shall say my cunning drift excels.

PROTEUS

Sir Thurio, don’t worry. I will plead to Sylvia so effectively that you’ll say my cunning scheme is excellent.

THURIO

Where meet we?

THURIO

Where will we meet?

PROTEUS

At Saint Gregory’s well.

PROTEUS

At Saint Gregory’s well.

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