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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 4

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PROTEUS

My shame and guilt confounds me.
Forgive me, Valentine. If hearty sorrow
Be a sufficient ransom for offence,
80I tender ’t here. I do as truly suffer
As e’er I did commit.

PROTEUS

Shame and guilt overwhelm me. Forgive me, Valentine. If heartfelt sadness is enough punishment for what I’ve done, then I offer it to you here. I feel truly miserable for everything I’ve done.

VALENTINE

Then I am paid,
And once again I do receive thee honest.
Who by repentance is not satisfied
85Is nor of heaven nor earth, for these are pleased.
By penitence the Eternal’s wrath’s appeased;
And, that my love may appear plain and free,
All that was mine in Sylvia I give thee.

VALENTINE

Then you’ve paid your debt to me, and I consider you to be honest once again. Whoever isn’t satisfied by such heartfelt repentence is neither from heaven nor earth, for repentance is enough to please both. God’s wrath comes in the form of penitence. And, so that you know my love for you is honest and free, I give you any claim I had to Sylvia.

JULIA

O me unhappy!

JULIA

Oh, unhappy me!
Swoons
She faints.

PROTEUS

90Look to the boy.

PROTEUS

Look at the boy!

VALENTINE

Why, boy! Why, wag! How now? What’s the matter? Look up. Speak.

VALENTINE

Hey, boy! Hey, kid! Are you okay? What’s the matter? Open your eyes. Say something.

JULIA

[Recovering] O good sir, my master charged me to deliver a ring to Madam Sylvia, which, out of my neglect, was never done.

JULIA

(recovering) Oh, good sir, my master ordered me to deliver a ring to Madam Sylvia, which, out of neglect on my part, I never did.

PROTEUS

Where is that ring, boy?

PROTEUS

Where is that ring, boy?

JULIA

[Giving her own ring] Here ’tis. This is it.

JULIA

(giving her own ring) Here it is. This is it.

PROTEUS

95How? Let me see.
Why, this is the ring I gave to Julia.

PROTEUS

How? Let me see that. Why, this is the ring I gave to Julia.

JULIA

O, cry you mercy, sir, I have mistook.
This is the ring you sent to Sylvia.

JULIA

Oh, please forgive me, sir, I’ve made a mistake. This is the ring you sent to Sylvia.

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