The Two Gentlemen of Verona is an early Shakespeare comedy (and possibly his earliest play) that may have been first performed in 1593. While it lacks the nuances of his later works—particularly in its rushed and illogical ending—it does offer glimpses of greatness to come. Among other Shakespearean firsts, The Two Gentlemen of Verona gives us an enchanted forest, blurred gender lines, and female characters with far better reasoning than the males. It also provides us with an unforgettable relationship between a man and his dog: Launce the servant and Crab, the surliest dog that ever lived.


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