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Sil. Amen, amen! go on, good Eglamour !
Egl. Fear not: the forest is not three leagues off; If we recover that, we are sure enough. (Ercunt.
The same. An apartment in the Duke's palace.
Enter Thurio, Proteus, and Julia.
Thu. Sir Proteus, what says Silvia to my suit ?
Pro. O, sir, I find her milder than she was;
Thu. What, that my leg is too long?
Jul. 'Tis true; such pearls as put out ladies' eyes; For I had rather wink than look on them. (Aside.
Thu. How likes she my discourse?
peace? Jul. But better, indeed, when you hold your peace.
(Aside. Thu. What says she to my valour ? Pro. O, sir, she makes no doubt of that. Jul. She needs not, when she knows it coward. ice. .
Thu. What says she to my birth?
Pro. That they are out by lease.
· Enter Duke.
Duke. How now, sir Proteus ? how pow, Thurio ? Which of you saw sir Eglamour of late?
Thu. Not I.
Saw you my daughter? Pro.
Neither. Duke. Why, then she's fed unto that peasant
Valentine; And Eglamour is in her company. "Tis true; for friar Laurence met them both, As he in penance wapder'd through the forest: Him he knew well, and guess'd that it was she; But, being mask'd, be 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 nie Upon the rising of the mountain-foot That leads towards Mantua, whither they are fed : Despatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me. (Erit.
Thu. Why, this it is to be a peevisht girl, That flies her fortune when it follows her: I'll after; more to be reveng'd on Eglamour, Than for the love of recklesst Silvia. . [Exit.
Pro. And I will follow, more for Silvia's love, Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her. (Erit.
Jul. And I will follow, more to cross that love, Than hate for Silvia, that is gone for love. (Exit.
Frontiers of Mantua.
Enter Silvia, and Out-laws.
Out. Come, come;
Sil. A thousand more mischances than this one Have learn'd me how to brook this patiently.
2 Out. Come, bring her away. 1 Out. Where is the gentleman that was with her?
3 Out. Being nimble-footed, he hath out-run us, But Moyses, and Valerius, follow him. Go thou with her to the west end of the wood, There is our captain : we'll follow him that's fled; The thicket is beset, he cannot 'scape. 1 Out. Come, I must bring you to our captain's
Val. How use doth breed a habit in a man !
Here can I sit alone, unseen of any,
[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 meedt, but one fair look; A smaller boon than this I cannot beg, And less than this, I am sure, you cannot give. · 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 un.
happy. 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;
Sil. When Proteus cannot love where he's belov'd.
All men but Proteus.
sil. O heaven!
I'll force thee yield to my desire.
Valentine! Val. Thou common friend, that's without faith or
love; (For such is a friend now), treacherous man! Thou hast beguild my hopes; nought but mine eye Could have persuaded me: Now I dare not say I have one friend alive; thou would'st disprove me. Who should be trusted now, when one's right hand Is perjur'd to the bosom? Proteus,
* Felt, experienced.