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SCENE I. The same. An Abbey.
Sil. Amen, amen! go on, good Eglamour !
Egl. Fear not: the forest is not three leagues off: If we recover that, we are sure enough. [Exeunt.
A Room in the Duke's Palace.
Enter Thurio, PROTEUS, and Julia.
Pro. O, sir, I find her milder than she was;
Thu. What, that my leg is too long? Pro. No; that it is too little. Thu. I'll wear a boot, to make it somewhat rounder. Pro. But love will not be spurred to what it loathes. Thu. What says she to my face? Pro. She says it is a fair one. Thu. Nay, then the wanton lies; my face is black. Pro. But pearls are fair; and the old saying is, Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies' eyes.
Jul. 'Tis true; such pearls as put out ladies' eyes; For I had rather wink than look on them. [Aside.
Thu. How likes she my discourse ?
hold your peace.
Thu. What says she to my valor ?
Thu. Not I.
1 i. e. possess them, own them.
2 By Thurio's possessions he himself understands his lands. But Proteus chooses to take the word likewise in a figurative sense, as signifying his mental endowments, and when he says they are out by lease, he means, that they are no longer enjoyed by their master (who is a fool), but are leased out to another.
Besides, she did intend confession
Thu. Why, this it is to be a peevish girl,
[Exit. Pro. And I will follow, more for Silvia's love, Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her. [Exit.
Jul. And I will follow more to cross that love, Than hate for Silvia, that is
for love. [Exit.
SCENE III. Frontiers of Mantua. The Forest.
Enter Silvia and Outlaws.
Sil. A thousand more mischances than this one
2 Out. Come, bring her away.
3 Out. Being nimble-footed, he hath outrun us,
1 Out. Come, I must bring you to our captain's
Fear not; he bears an honorable mind,
SCENE IV. Another Part of the Forest.
Val. How use doth breed a habit in a man!
[Steps aside Enter PROTEUS, Silvia, and Julia. Pro. Madam, this service I have done for you, (Though you respect not aught your servant doth,) To hazard life, and rescue you from him That would have forced your honor and your love. . Vouchsafe me, for my meed, but one fair look ; A smaller boon than this I cannot beg, And less than this, I'm sure, you cannot give.
Val. How like a dream is this I see and hear! Love, lend me patience to forbear a while. [Aside.
Sil. O miserable, unhappy that I am!
Pro. Unhappy were you, madam, ere I came; But, by my coming, I have made you happy.
1 To record anciently signified to sing.
Sil. By thy approach thou mak'st me most unhappy. Jul. And me, when he approacheth to your pres
[Aside. Sil. Had I been seized by a hungry lion, I would have been a breakfast to the beast, Rather than have false Proteus rescue me. O, heaven be judge, how I love Valentine, Whose life's as tender to me as my soul; And full as much (for more there cannot be) I do detest false, perjured Proteus : Therefore begone, solicit me no more.
Pro. What dangerous action, stood it next to death, Would I not undergo for one calm look! O, 'tis the curse in love, and still approved, When women cannot love where they're beloved.
Sil. When Proteus cannot love where he's beloved.
All men but Proteus.
Sil. O heaven!
I'll force thee yield to my desire.
Valentine! Val. Thou common friend, that's without faith or
1 Approved is confirmed by proof.