The Two Gentlemen of Verona

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 5

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SPEED

’Tis well that I get it so. But, Lance, how sayest thou, that my master is become a notable lover?

SPEED

It’s best that I find out that way. But, Lance, what can you tell me about the fact that my master has become a well-known lover?

LANCE

I never knew him otherwise.

LANCE

I never knew him otherwise.

SPEED

25Than how?

SPEED

Than what?

LANCE

A notable lubber, as thou reportest him to be.

LANCE

A well-known

lubber

A big, clumsy oaf.

lubber
—and idiot, as you’ve told me he is.

SPEED

Why, thou whoreson ass, thou mistak’st me.

SPEED

LANCE

Why, fool, I meant not thee. I meant thy master.

LANCE

Why, fool, I didn’t mean you. I meant your master.

SPEED

I tell thee, my master is become a hot lover.

SPEED

I tell you, my master has become an excellent lover.

LANCE

30Why, I tell thee I care not, though he burn himself in love. If thou wilt, go with me to the alehouse; if not, thou art an Hebrew, a Jew, and not worth the name of a Christian.

LANCE

Well, I tell you that I don’t really care, even if he burns himself from being so “hot” in love. Come with me to the pub if you will. If not, then you’re a Hebrew, a Jew, and not worthy to be called a Christian.

SPEED

Why?

SPEED

Why?

LANCE

Because thou hast not so much charity in thee as to go to the ale with a Christian. Wilt thou go?

LANCE

SPEED

At thy service.

SPEED

I’m at your service.
Exeunt
They exit.

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