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The same. An Apartment 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. But pearls are fair ; and the old saying is, Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies' eyes.
Jul. 'Ì'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 ?
Thu. What says she to my valour ?
Thu. Considers she my possessions ?
Thu. Not I. -
Neither. Duke. Why, then she's filed unto that peasant'
Valentine ; And Eglamour is in her company. '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 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 That leads towards Mantua, whither they are fled: Despatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me. [Exit.
Thu. Why, this it is to be a peevishgirl, That flies her fortune when it follows her :
I'll after ; more to be reveng'd on Eglamour,
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.
Frontiers of Mantua. The Forest.
Enter Silvia and Out-laws. Out. Come, come; Be patient, we must bring you to our captain.,
Si. A thousand more mischances than this one Have learn'd me how to brook this patiently.
2 Out. Come, bring her away.
3 Out. Being nimble footed, he hath out-run us,
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.
Another part of the Forest.
[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 wou'd have forc'd your honour and your love.
Vouchsafe me, for my meed, 4 but one fair look;
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, 'tis the curse in love, and still approv’d, 5 . When women cannot love where they're beloy d.
Sil. When Proteus cannot love where he's belov’d. Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love, For whose dear sake thou didst then rend thy faith Into a thousand oaths; and all those oaths Descended into perjury, to love ine. Thou hast no faith left now, unless thou hadst two, And that's far worse than none; better have none Than plural faith, which is too much by one : 4 Reward,
5 Felt, experienced.