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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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Enter JULIA and LUCETTA
JULIA and LUCETTA enter.


JULIA
But say, Lucetta, now we are alone,
Wouldst thou then counsel me to fall in love?
JULIA
Now that we’re alone, tell me, Lucetta, would you recommend that I fall in love?

LUCETTA
Ay, madam, so you stumble not unheedfully.
LUCETTA
Yes, madam, so you stumble into it on purpose.


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JULIA
Of all the fair resort of gentlemen
That every day with parle encounter me,
In thy opinion which is worthiest love?
JULIA
Of all the attractive gentlemen that speak with me daily, which do you think would be best to love?


LUCETTA
Please you repeat their names, I’ll show my mind
According to my shallow simple skill.
LUCETTA
Please tell me their names again, and I’ll tell you my opinion about them as best I can.

JULIA
What think’st thou of the fair Sir Eglamour?
JULIA
What do you think of the attractive Sir Eglamour?

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LUCETTA
As of a knight well-spoken, neat, and fine;
But, were I you, he never should be mine.
LUCETTA
As a knight, he’s well spoken, elegant, and fine. But if I were you, I wouldn’t fall in love with him.

JULIA
What think’st thou of the rich Mercatio?
JULIA
What do you think of Mercatio, who is rich?

LUCETTA
Well of his wealth, but of himself, so-so.
LUCETTA
I like his money a lot, but him only so-so.

JULIA
What think’st thou of the gentle Proteus?
JULIA
What do you think of kind Proteus?

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LUCETTA
Lord, Lord, to see what folly reigns in us!
LUCETTA
Good Lord, how foolish people are!

JULIA
How now? What means this passion at his name?
JULIA
What’s that for? Why this outburst at his name?



LUCETTA
Pardon, dear madam, ’tis a passing shame
That I, unworthy body as I am,
Should censure thus on lovely gentlemen.
LUCETTA
Pardon me, dear madam, it’s inexcusable that I, the unworthy servant that I am, should criticize such lovely gentlemen.

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JULIA
Why not on Proteus, as of all the rest?
JULIA
Why don’t you think well of Proteus out of all the rest?

LUCETTA
Then thus, of many good I think him best.
LUCETTA
Fine then—of all the good men, I think Proteus is best.

JULIA
Your reason?
JULIA
What’s your reason?