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Thu. What says she to my face?
Pro. But pearls are fair, and the old saying is,
Jul. 'T is true, such pearls as put out ladies' eyes ; For I had rather wink than look on them. [Aside.
Thu. How likes she my discourse ?
Jul. But better, indeed, when you hold your peace.
(Aside. Thu. What says she to my valour ? Pro. O, sir! she makes no doubt of that. Jul. She needs not, when she knows it cowardice.
[Aside. Thu. What says she to my birth? Pro. That you are well deriv'd. Jul. True ; from a gentleman to a fool. [Aside. Thu. Considers she my large possessions ? Pro. O! ay, and pities them. Thu. Wherefore ? Jul. That such an ass should owe them. [Aside. Pro. That they are out by lease. Jul. Here comes the duke.
Enter DUKE, angrily.'
Thu. Not I.
Duke. Why, then
1 2 Not in f. e.
Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse,
(Exit in haste.!
[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 gone for love. (Exit.
SCENE III.—The Forest.
Enter Silvia, and Outlaws. 1 Out. Come, come; be patient, we must bring you to our captain.
[Drawing her in. Sil. A thousand more mischances than this one Have learn'd me how to brook this patiently.
2 Out. Come, bring her away. 1 Out. Where is the gentleman that was with her ?
3 Out. Being nimble-footed, he hath outrun us; But Moyses, and Valerius, follow him. Go thou with her to the west end of the wood; There is our captain. We'll follow him that's filed : The thicket is beset; he cannot 'scape.
1 Out. Come, I must bring you to our captain's cave.
1 in haste : not in f. e. This shadowy desert : in f. e. 3 sing.
Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall,
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.
Sil. By thy approach thou mak'st me most unhappy. Jul. And me, when he approacheth to your presence.
[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, perjur'd Proteus : Therefore be gone: solicit me no more.
Pro. What dangerous action, stood it next to death, Would I not undergo for one calm look. O! 't is the curse in love, and still approv'd," When women cannot love where they 're belov'd.
Sil. When Proteus cannot love where he's belov'd. Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love,
1 Not in f.e. ? are my mates : in f. e. 3 Steps aside : in f. e. I have : in f. e. f. e. have a period. 6 f. e. have a semi-colon. 7 proved.
For whose dear sake thou didst then rend thy faith
All men but Proteus.
Sil. O heaven!
I'll force thee yield to my desire. Val. [Coming forward.] Ruffian, let go that rude
uncivil touch; Thou friend of an ill fashion ! Pro. Valentine !
[love; Val. Thou common friend, that's without faith or (For such is a friend now) treacherous man ! Thou hast beguild my hopes : nought but mine eye Could have persuaded me.
Now dared I to say,
Then, I am paid;
1 Not in f. e. 2 that: in f. e. 3 My shame and guilt confound : in f. e.
And, that my love may appear plain and free,
Jul. O me unhappy!
Val. Why, boy! why, wag! how now! what's the matter! look up; speak.
Jul. O good sir! my master charg'd me to deliver a ring to madam Silvia, which, out of my neglect, was never done.
Pro. Where is that ring, boy ?
Here 't is: this is it. [Gives a ring.
Jul. 0! cry you mercy, sir; I have mistook : This is the ring you sent to Silvia. [Shows another ring.
Pro. But, how cam'st thou by this ring? At my depart I gave this unto Julia.
Jul. And Julia herself did give it me; And Julia herself hath brought it hither. Pro. How? Julia !
[Discovering herself. Jul. Behold her that gave aim to all thy oaths, And entertain'd them deeply in her heart: How oft hast thou with perjury cleft the root ! O Proteus ! let this habit make thee blush: Be thou asham'd, that I have took upon me Such an immodest raiment; if shame live In a disguise of love. It is the lesser blot, modesty finds, Women to change their shapes, than men their minds. Pro. Than men their minds: 't is true. O heaven!
were man But constant, he were perfect : that one error Fills him with faults; makes him run through all the
Inconstancy falls off, ere it begins.
Val. Come, come, a hand from either. Let me be blest to make this happy close : 'T were pity two such friends should be long foes. · Pro. Bear witness, heaven, I have my wish for ever. Jul. And I mine.
Enter Outlaws, with DUKE and THURIO. Out. A prize! a prize! a prize!