The Two Gentlemen of Verona

by: William Shakespeare

Act 5 Scene 2

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Enter THURIO, PROTEUS, and JULIA disguised in page’s attire
THURIO, PROTEUS, and JULIA enter. JULIA is disguised in the clothing of a male servant.

THURIO

Sir Proteus, what says Sylvia to my suit?

THURIO

Sir Proteus, what does Sylvia have to say about my declarations of love for her?

PROTEUS

O, sir, I find her milder than she was,
And yet she takes exceptions at your person.

PROTEUS

Oh, sir, she’s not as cold as she used to be, though she still objects to you.

THURIO

What, that my leg is too long?

THURIO

What, because my leg is too long?

PROTEUS

5No, that it is too little.

PROTEUS

No, because it’s too skinny.

THURIO

I’ll wear a boot, to make it somewhat rounder.

THURIO

I’ll wear a boot with spurs, then, to make it look thicker.

JULIA

[Aside] But love will not be spurred to what it loathes.

JULIA

(aside) But love can’t be spurred to like what it hates.

THURIO

What says she to my face?

THURIO

What does she have to say about my face?

PROTEUS

She says it is a fair one.

PROTEUS

She says it is an attractive one.

THURIO

10Nay, then, the wanton lies; my face is black.

THURIO

No, then, she’s lying—my face is ugly.

PROTEUS

But pearls are fair, and the old saying is,
Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies’ eyes.

PROTEUS

But pearls are beautiful, and the old saying is that ugly men are pearls in beautiful women’s eyes.

JULIA

[Aside] ’Tis true, such pearls as put out ladies’ eyes,
For I had rather wink than look on them.

JULIA

THURIO

15How likes she my discourse?

THURIO

How does she like my conversation?

PROTEUS

Ill, when you talk of war.

PROTEUS

Not much, when you talk about war.

THURIO

But well when I discourse of love and peace?

THURIO

But she likes it when I talk about love and peace?

JULIA

[Aside] But better, indeed, when you hold your peace.

JULIA

(aside) But even better when you hold your peace and don’t talk at all.

THURIO

What says she to my valor?

THURIO

What does she have to say about my bravery?

PROTEUS

20O, sir, she makes no doubt of that.

PROTEUS

Oh, sir, she doesn’t question it at all.

JULIA

[Aside] She needs not, when she knows it cowardice.

JULIA

(aside) She doesn’t need to, since she knows he’s a coward.

THURIO

What says she to my birth?

THURIO

What does she have to say about my lineage?

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