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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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Enter DUKE and THURIO
The DUKE and THURIO enter.


DUKE
Sir Thurio, fear not but that she will love you,
Now Valentine is banished from her sight.
DUKE
Sir Thurio, don’t worry. She is sure to love you now that Valentine has been banished from her sight.



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THURIO
Since his exile she hath despised me most,
Forsworn my company and railed at me,
That I am desperate of obtaining her.
THURIO
Since his exile she has despised me even more, she has refused to be around me, and she has condemned me, so that I have no hope of winning her.





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DUKE
This weak impress of love is as a figure
Trenchèd in ice, which with an hour’s heat
Dissolves to water and doth lose his form.
A little time will melt her frozen thoughts,
And worthless Valentine shall be forgot.
DUKE
The weak impression love makes on the heart is like an ice sculpture, which melts into water and loses its form after being exposed to heat for just an hour. A little time will ease her disdain, and worthless Valentine will be forgotten.
Enter PROTEUS
PROTEUS enters.

How now, Sir Proteus? Is your countryman,
According to our proclamation, gone?
How’s it going, Sir Proteus? Is your countryman gone, as our proclamation commands?

PROTEUS
Gone, my good lord.
PROTEUS
He’s gone, my good lord.

DUKE
My daughter takes his going grievously.
DUKE
My daughter is upset over his departure.

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PROTEUS
A little time, my lord, will kill that grief.
PROTEUS
A little time, my lord, will kill that grief.




DUKE
So I believe, but Thurio thinks not so.
Proteus, the good conceit I hold of thee—
For thou hast shown some sign of good desert—
Makes me the better to confer with thee.
DUKE
That’s what I believe, too, but Thurio doesn’t think so. Proteus, the high esteem I have for you—for you’ve shown me that you deserve it—makes me more inclined to discuss this matter with you.

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PROTEUS
Longer than I prove loyal to Your Grace
Let me not live to look upon Your Grace.
PROTEUS
Let me die if I ever live to see the day I am disloyal to Your Grace.