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Val. Not for the world: why, man, she is mine
Pro. But she loves you?
Ay, and we are betrothed;
Pro. Go on before ; I shall inquire you forth :
Val. Will you make haste ?
Pro. I will. -
And that's the reason I love him so little.
Enter SPEED and LAUNCE. Speed. Launce! by mine honesty, welcome to Milan.
Laun. Forswear not thyself, sweet youth; for I am not welcome. I reckon this always—that a man is never undone, till he be hanged; nor never welcome to a place, till some certain shot be paid, and the
welcome. Speed. Come on, you mad-cap, I'll to the ale-house with you presently; where, for one shot of five
pence thou shalt have five thousand welcomes. But, sirrah, how did thy master part with madam Julia ?
Laun. Marry, after they closed in earnest, they parted very fairly in jest.
Speed. But shall she marry him ?
Laun. Marry, thus; when it stands well with him, it stands well with her.
Speed. What an ass art thou! I understand thee not. Laun. What a block art thou, that thou canst not? My staff understands me.
1 i. e. on further knowledge, on better consideration.
Speed. What thou say'st?
Laun. Ay, and what I do too: look thee I'll but lean, and my staff understands me.
Speed. It stands under thee, indeed.
Laun. Ask my dog: if he say, ay, it will; if he say, no, it will; if he shake his tail, and say nothing; it will.
Speed. The conclusion is then, that it will.
Laun. Thou shalt never get such a secret from me, but by a parable.
Speed. 'Tis well that I get it so. But, Launce, how say'st thou, that my master is become a notable lover?
Laun. I never knew him otherwise.
Laun. Why, fool, I meant not thee; I meant thy master.
Speed. I tell thee, my master is become a hot lover.
Laun. Why, I tell thee, I care not though he burn himself in love. If thou wilt go with me to the alehouse, so; if not, thou art a Hebrew, a Jew, and not worth the name of a Christian.
Laun. Because thou hast not so much charity in thee, as to go to the ale' with a Christian. Wilt thou go? Speed. At thy service.
[Exeunt. 1 Ales were merry meetings instituted in country places.
SCENE VI. The same. An Apartment in the
Pro. To leave my Julia, shall I be forsworn; To love fair Silvia, shall I be forsworn; To wrong my friend, I shall be much forsworn; And even that power, which gave me first my oath, Provokes me to this threefold perjury. Love bade me swear, and love bids me forswear : O sweet suggesting love, if thou hast sinned, Teach me, thy tempted subject, to excuse it. At first I did adore a twinkling star, But now I worship a celestial sun. Unheedful vows may heedfully be broken: And he wants wit, that wants resolved will To learn his wit to exchange the bad for better.Fie, fie, unreverend tongue! to call her bad, Whose sovereignty so oft thou hast preferred With twenty thousand soul-confirming oaths. I cannot leave to love, and yet I do ; But there I leave to love, where I should love. Julia I lose, and Valentine I lose : If I keep them, I needs must lose myself; If I lose them, thus find I by their loss, For Valentine, myself; for Julia, Silvia. I to myself am dearer than a friend ; For love is still most precious in itself: And Silvia, witness heaven, that made her fair ! Shows Julia but a swarthy Ethiope. I will forget that Julia is alive, Remembering that my love to her is dead; And Valentine I'll hold an enemy, Aiming at Silvia, as a sweeter friend. I cannot now prove constant to myself, Without some treachery used to Valentine :
1 To suggest, in the language of our ancestors, was to tempt.
This night, he meaneth with a corded ladder
SCENE VII. Verona. A Room in Julia's House.
Enter Julia and LUCETTA.
Luc. Alas! the way is wearisome and long.
Jul. A true-devoted pilgrim is not weary
Luc. Better forbear, till Proteus make return.
1 i. e. myself, who am his competitor, being admitted to his counsel Competitor here means confederate.
2 Proposed or intended flight.