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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 2

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SYLVIA

I am very loath to be your idol, sir.
120But since your falsehood shall become you well
To worship shadows and adore false shapes,
Send to me in the morning, and I’ll send it.
And so, good rest.

SYLVIA

I don’t want to be your idol, sir. But since it’s appropriate that your deceiving self should worship shadows and adore images rather than the real thing, send your servant to me in the morning, and I’ll send you the portrait. So go on, and good night.

PROTEUS

As wretches have o’ernight
125That wait for execution in the morn.

PROTEUS

I’ll have as good a night as the condemned man who awaits execution in the morning.
Exeunt PROTEUS and SYLVIA separately
PROTEUS and SYLVIA exit separately.

JULIA

Host, will you go?

JULIA

Host, are you leaving?

HOST

By my halidom, I was fast asleep.

HOST

My goodness, I was fast asleep.

JULIA

Pray you, where lies Sir Proteus?

JULIA

Please, where is Sir Proteus staying?

HOST

Marry, at my house. Trust me, I think ’tis almost day.

HOST

Why, at my house. Oh my word, I think it’s almost dawn.

JULIA

130Not so; but it hath been the longest night
That e’er I watched, and the most heaviest.

JULIA

No, it isn’t. It’s been the longest night I’ve ever had, and the saddest.
Exeunt
They exit.

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