The Two Gentlemen of Verona

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 4

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SYLVIA

85There, hold!
I will not look upon your master’s lines.
I know they are stuffed with protestations
And full of newfound oaths, which he will break
As easily as I do tear his paper.

SYLVIA

Wait, stop! I will not look at your master’s letter. I know it is filled with vows and full of newly made oaths, which he will break as easily as I tear up his letter.
She tears the letter.
She tears the letter.

JULIA

90[Offering the ring] Madam, he sends your ladyship this ring.

JULIA

(offering the ring) Madame, he sends your ladyship this ring.

SYLVIA

The more shame for him that he sends it me,
For I have heard him say a thousand times
His Julia gave it him at his departure.
Though his false finger have profaned the ring,
95Mine shall not do his Julia so much wrong.

SYLVIA

He should be even more ashamed for sending it to me, since I have heard him say a thousand times that his love Julia gave it to him when he departed. Even though his deceitful finger has sullied the ring, my finger will not mistreat Julia so much.

JULIA

She thanks you.

JULIA

She thanks you.

SYLVIA

What sayst thou?

SYLVIA

What did you say?

JULIA

I thank you, madam, that you tender her.
Poor gentlewoman! My master wrongs her much.

JULIA

I thank you, madam, that you consider her feelings. Poor gentlewoman! My master mistreats her very much.

SYLVIA

100Dost thou know her?

SYLVIA

Do you know her?

JULIA

Almost as well as I do know myself.
To think upon her woes I do protest
That I have wept a hundred several times.

JULIA

Almost as well as I know myself. I swear I’ve wept several hundred times thinking about her sorrows.

SYLVIA

Belike she thinks that Proteus hath forsook her.

SYLVIA

She probably thinks that Proteus has rejected her.

JULIA

105I think she doth, and that’s her cause of sorrow.

JULIA

I think she does, and that’s the cause of her sorrow.

SYLVIA

Is she not passing fair?

SYLVIA

Isn’t she very beautiful?

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