The Two Gentlemen of Verona

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 2 Scene 4
No Fear Act 2 Scene 4 Page 5

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VALENTINE

Mistress, it is. Sweet lady, entertain him
To be my fellow servant to your ladyship.

VALENTINE

Mistress, it is he. Sweet lady, take him into your service to be my fellow servant to your ladyship.

SYLVIA

Too low a mistress for so high a servant.

SYLVIA

I’m too unworthy a mistress for so noble a servant.

PROTEUS

95Not so, sweet lady, but too mean a servant
To have a look of such a worthy mistress.

PROTEUS

Not so, sweet lady. I’m too unworthy a servant to have caught a look from a worthy mistress.

VALENTINE

Leave off discourse of disability.
Sweet lady, entertain him for your servant.

VALENTINE

Don’t talk about unworthiness. Sweet lady, ask him to be your servant.

PROTEUS

My duty will I boast of, nothing else.

PROTEUS

I’ll only boast of my duty, nothing else.

SYLVIA

100And duty never yet did want his meed.
Servant, you are welcome to a worthless mistress.

SYLVIA

And duty never did go unrewarded. Servant, I, a worthless mistress, welcome you.

PROTEUS

I’ll die on him that says so but yourself.

PROTEUS

I’ll die fighting anyone who says that but you.

SYLVIA

That you are welcome?

SYLVIA

That you are welcome?

PROTEUS

That you are worthless.

PROTEUS

That you are worthless.
Enter a Servant
A Servant enters.

SERVANT

105Madam, my lord your father would speak with you.

SERVANT

Madame, my lord—your father—would like to speak with you.

SYLVIA

I wait upon his pleasure.

SYLVIA

I’ll be there in a moment.
Exit Servant
The Servant exits.
Come, Sir Thurio,
Go with me. Once more, new servant, welcome.
I’ll leave you to confer of home affairs.
110When you have done we look to hear from you.
Come, Sir Thurio, go with me. Again, I welcome you, new servant. I’ll leave you to talk with your friend about affairs back home. We look forward to seeing you when you’re finished.

PROTEUS

We’ll both attend upon your ladyship.

PROTEUS

We’ll both be back to serve you shortly, your ladyship.
Exeunt SYLVIA and THURIO
SYLVIA and THURIO exit.

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