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Jul. But better, indeed, when you hold your peace.

[ Aside. Thu. What says slie to my valourd Pro. Oh, 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 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.

41 Jul. Here comes the duke.

Enter Duke.

Duke. How now, Sir Protheus ? how now, Thurio ? Which of you saw Sir Eglamour of late ?

Thu. Not I.
Pro. Nor I.
Duke. Saw you my daughter ?
Pro. Neither.
Duke. Why, then she's filed unto that peasant

Valentine;
And Eglamour is in her company.

50 'Tis true; for friar Laurence met them both, As he in penance wander'd through the forest : Him he knew well, and guess'd that it was she ; But, being mask'd, he was not sure of it ; Besides, she did intend confession

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At Patrick's cell this even; and there she was not:
These likelihoods confirm her flight from hence.
Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse,
But mount you presently; and meet with me
Upon the rising of the mountain-foot

60 That leads toward Mantua, whither they are filed : Dispatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me.

[ Exit Duke,
Thu. Why, this it is to be a peevish girl,
That flies her fortune when it follows her:
I'll after ; more to be reveng'd on Eglamour,
Than for the love of reckless Silvia.

Pro. And I will follow, more for Silvia's lovey
Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her.

Jul. And I will follow, more to cross that love,
Than hate for Silvia, that is gone for love. [Exeunt.

SCENE III.

The Forest. Enter SILVIA, and Out-Laws.
i Qut. Come, come ;
Be patient, we must bring you to our captain.

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 out-run 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 fled ; 8.
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The thicket is beset, he cannot 'scape.

1 Out. Come, I must bring you to our captain's

cave:

Fear not; he bears an honourable mind,
And will not use a woman lawlessly.

Sil. O Valentine, this I endure for thee ! [Exeunt.

SCENE IV.

The Out-Laws' Cave in the Forest. Enter VALENTINE.

Val. How use doth breed a habit in a man! This shadowy desart, unfrequented woods, I better brook than flourishing peopled towns : Here can I sit alone, unseen of any, And, to the nightingale's complaining notes, 90 Tune

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distresses, and record my woes. O thou, that dost inhabit in my breast, Leave not the mansion so long tenantless ; Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall, And leave no memory of what it was ! Repair me with thy presence, Silvia ; Thou gentle nymph, cherish thy forlorn swain! What hallowing, and what stir, is this to-day: These are my mates, that make their wills their law, Have some unhappy passenger in chace : They love me well; yet I have much to do, To keep them from uncivil outrages. Withdraw thee, Valentine; Who's this comes here?

(VAL, steps aside.

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