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Two Gentlemen of Verona Scenes


Scene 2

Verona. A room in Julia’s house.

(Proteus; Julia; Panthino)


Proteus and Julia exchange rings in token of their love. Proteus swears that he will remain constant and faithful to her, and leaves for Milan. ( line)

Enter Proteus, Julia.

PRO.

Have patience, gentle Julia.

JUL.

I must, where is no remedy.

PRO.

When possibly I can, I will return.

JUL.

If you turn not, you will return the sooner.

Keep this remembrance for thy Julia’s sake.

Giving a ring.

PRO.

Why then we’ll make exchange: here, take you this.

JUL.

And seal the bargain with a holy kiss.

PRO.

Here is my hand for my true constancy;

And when that hour o’erslips me in the day

Wherein I sigh not, Julia, for thy sake,

The next ensuing hour some foul mischance

Torment me for my love’s forgetfulness!

My father stays my coming; answer not;

The tide is now—nay, not thy tide of tears,

That tide will stay me longer than I should.

Julia, farewell!

Exit Julia.

What, gone without a word?

Ay, so true love should do: it cannot speak,

For truth hath better deeds than words to grace it.

Enter Panthino.

PAN.

Sir Proteus, you are stay’d for.

PRO.

Go; I come, I come.

Alas, this parting strikes poor lovers dumb.

Exeunt.

 
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