The Two Gentlemen of Verona

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 4 Scene 2
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THURIO

Farewell.

THURIO

Farewell.
Exeunt THURIO and Musicians
THURIO and the musicians exit.
Enter SYLVIA above, at her window
SYLVIA enters above, at her window.

PROTEUS

Madam, good even to your ladyship.

PROTEUS

Madame, good evening to your ladyship.

SYLVIA

75I thank you for your music, gentlemen.
Who is that that spake?

SYLVIA

I thank you for your music, sir. Who is that who spoke?

PROTEUS

One, lady, if you knew his pure heart’s truth,
You would quickly learn to know him by his voice.

PROTEUS

Someone, lady, whom you would quickly learn to recognize by his voice if you knew how he truly felt.

SYLVIA

Sir Proteus, as I take it.

SYLVIA

Sir Proteus, I take it.

PROTEUS

80Sir Proteus, gentle lady, and your servant.

PROTEUS

Sir Proteus, gentle lady, and also your servant.

SYLVIA

What’s your will?

SYLVIA

What do you want?

PROTEUS

That I may compass yours.

PROTEUS

For you to want me.

SYLVIA

You have your wish. My will is even this:
That presently you hie you home to bed.
85Thou subtle, perjured, false, disloyal man!
Think’st thou I am so shallow, so conceitless,
To be seducèd by thy flattery,
That hast deceived so many with thy vows?
Return, return, and make thy love amends.
90For me, by this pale queen of night I swear,
I am so far from granting thy request
That I despise thee for thy wrongful suit,
And by and by intend to chide myself
Even for this time I spend in talking to thee.

SYLVIA

Then you have your wish. I want this of you: that you take yourself home to bed. You sly, lying, false, disloyal man! Do you think I’m so shallow, so stupid, that you can seduce me with your flattery when you’ve deceived so many others with your vows? Go back, go back, and apologize to your love. I swear on the moon, I am so far from granting your request that I despise you for your misguided plea. In a moment I intend to scold myself for spending even this much time talking to you.

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