The Two Gentlemen of Verona

by: William Shakespeare

Act 1 Scene 2

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Enter JULIA and LUCETTA
JULIA and LUCETTA enter.

JULIA

But say, Lucetta, now we are alone,
Wouldst thou then counsel me to fall in love?

JULIA

Now that we’re alone, tell me, Lucetta, would you recommend that I fall in love?

LUCETTA

Ay, madam, so you stumble not unheedfully.

LUCETTA

Yes, madam, so you stumble into it on purpose.

JULIA

Of all the fair resort of gentlemen
5That every day with parle encounter me,
In thy opinion which is worthiest love?

JULIA

Of all the attractive gentlemen that speak with me daily, which do you think would be best to love?

LUCETTA

Please you repeat their names, I’ll show my mind
According to my shallow simple skill.

LUCETTA

Please tell me their names again, and I’ll tell you my opinion about them as best I can.

JULIA

What think’st thou of the fair Sir Eglamour?

JULIA

What do you think of the attractive Sir Eglamour?

LUCETTA

10As of a knight well-spoken, neat, and fine;
But, were I you, he never should be mine.

LUCETTA

As a knight, he’s well spoken, elegant, and fine. But if I were you, I wouldn’t fall in love with him.

JULIA

What think’st thou of the rich Mercatio?

JULIA

What do you think of Mercatio, who is rich?

LUCETTA

Well of his wealth, but of himself, so-so.

LUCETTA

I like his money a lot, but him only so-so.

JULIA

What think’st thou of the gentle Proteus?

JULIA

What do you think of kind Proteus?

LUCETTA

15Lord, Lord, to see what folly reigns in us!

LUCETTA

Good Lord, how foolish people are!

JULIA

How now? What means this passion at his name?

JULIA

What’s that for? Why this outburst at his name?

LUCETTA

Pardon, dear madam, ’tis a passing shame
That I, unworthy body as I am,
Should censure thus on lovely gentlemen.

LUCETTA

Pardon me, dear madam, it’s inexcusable that I, the unworthy servant that I am, should criticize such lovely gentlemen.

JULIA

20Why not on Proteus, as of all the rest?

JULIA

Why don’t you think well of Proteus out of all the rest?

LUCETTA

Then thus, of many good I think him best.

LUCETTA

Fine then—of all the good men, I think Proteus is best.

JULIA

Your reason?

JULIA

What’s your reason?

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