The Two Gentlemen of Verona

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 2

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JULIA

Is ’t near dinner time?

JULIA

Is it almost dinnertime?

LUCETTA

70I would it were,
That you might kill your stomach on your meat
And not upon your maid.

LUCETTA

I wish it were, so that you could chew on your food instead of your servant.
She drops the letter and stoops to pick it up.

JULIA

What is ’t that you took up so gingerly?

JULIA

What is that that you picked up so carefully?

LUCETTA

Nothing.

LUCETTA

Nothing.

JULIA

75Why didst thou stoop, then?

JULIA

Why did you bend over, then?

LUCETTA

To take a paper up that I let fall.

LUCETTA

To pick up the paper that I dropped.

JULIA

And is that paper nothing?

JULIA

And that paper is nothing?

LUCETTA

Nothing concerning me.

LUCETTA

Nothing that concerns me.

JULIA

Then let it lie for those that it concerns.

JULIA

Then let it lie on the ground for the people it does concern.

LUCETTA

80Madam, it will not lie where it concerns,
Unless it have a false interpreter.

LUCETTA

Madam, it will not lie about what it concerns unless a liar reads it.

JULIA

Some love of yours hath writ to you in rhyme.

JULIA

Some lover of yours has written a poem to you.

LUCETTA

That I might sing it, madam, to a tune,
Give me a note; your ladyship can set.

LUCETTA

I’ll sing it, madam, to a tune. Give me the note to sing it in. Your ladyship can choose it.

JULIA

85As little by such toys as may be possible.
Best sing it to the tune of “Light o’ Love.”

JULIA

I place as little value as possible in such trifles. You should sing it to the tune of “Light o’ Love.”

LUCETTA

It is too heavy for so light a tune.

LUCETTA

The poem is too heavy for so light a tune.

JULIA

Heavy! Belike it hath some burden then?

JULIA

Too heavy! I guess the note is serious, then?

LUCETTA

Ay, and melodious were it, would you sing it.

LUCETTA

Yes, and it would be melodious, too, if you’d sing it.

JULIA

90And why not you?

JULIA

And why won’t you sing it?

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