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SCENE I. Milan. An Ante-room in the Duke's. Palace.
Enter DUKE, THURIo, and PROTEUs.
Duke. Sir Thurio, give us leave, I pray, awhile;
We have some secrets to confer about.—
Now, tell me, Proteus, what's your will with me?
Pro. My gracious lord, that which I would
The law of friendship bids me to conceal:
Duke. Proteus, I thank thee for thine honest
Which to requite, command me while I live.
Sir Valentine her company, and my court:
Duke. Sir Valentine, whither away so fast
Val. Please it your grace, there is a messenger That stays to bear my letters to my friends, And I am going to deliver them.
Duke. Be they of much import?
4 jealous aim —I Aim is guess, in this instance.
Pal. The tenor of them doth but signify My health, and happy being at your court. Duke. Nay, then no matter; stay with me a while; I am to break with thee of some affairs, That touch me near, wherein thou must be secret. 'Tis not unknown to thee, that I have sought To match my friend, sir Thurio, to my daughter. Wal. I know it well, my lord; and, sure, the match Were rich and honourable; besides, the gentleman Is full of virtue, bounty, worth, and qualities Beseeming such a wife as your fair daughter: Cannot your grace win her to fancy him Duke. No, trust me; she is peevish, sullen, froward, Proud, disobedient, stubborn, lacking duty; Neither regarding that she is my child, Nor fearing me as if I were her father: And, may I say to thee, this pride of hers, Upon advice, hath drawn my love from her; And, where? I thought the remnant of mine age Should have been cherish’d by her child-like duty, I now am full resolved to take a wife, And turn her out to who will take her in : Then let her beauty be her wedding-dower; For me and my possessions she esteems not. 'al. What would your grace have me to do in this? Duke. There is a lady, sir, in Milan, here,” Whom I affect; but she is mice, and coy, And nought esteems my aged eloquence:
7 And, where —j Where, the same here as whereas.
8 sir, in Milan, here, J It ought to be thus, instead of— in Verona, here— for the scene apparently is in Milan, as is clear from several passages in the first act, and in the beginning of the first scene of the fourth act.
Now, therefore, would I have thee to my tutor,
* — the fashion of the time – The modes of courtship, the acts by which men recommended themselves to ladies. * What lets,l i. e. what hinders.
Duke. Her chamber is aloft, far from the ground; And built so shelving that one cannot climb it Without apparent hazard of his life. Val. Why then a ladder, quaintly made of cords, To cast up with a pair of anchoring hooks, Would serve to scale another Hero's tower, So bold Leander would adventure it. Duke. Now as thou art a gentleman of blood, Advise me where I may have such a ladder. sal. When would you use it? pray, sir, tell me that. Duke. This very night; for love is like a child, That longs for every thing that he can come by. Val. By seven o'clock I'll get you such a ladder. Duke. But, hark thee; I will go to her alone; How shall I best convey the ladder thither? Val. It will be light, my lord, that you may bear it Under a cloak, that is of any length. Duke. A cloak as long as thine will serve the turn ? Val. Ay, my good lord. Duke. Then let me see thy cloak: I'll get me one of such another length. Wal. Why, any cloak will serve the turn, my lord. Duke. How shall I fashion me to wear a cloak?— I pray thee, let me feel thy cloak upon me.— at letter is this same * What's here?—To Silvia? And here an engine fit for my proceeding ! I'll be so bold to break the seal for once. [Reads. My thoughts do harbour with my Silvia nightly; . And slaves they are to me, that send them flying: O, could their master come and go as lightly, Himself wouldlodge, where senseless they arelying. My herald thoughts in thy pure bosom rest them; While I, their king, to: thither them impórtune, VOL. I.