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DUKE OF MILAN, father to Silvia.
JULIA, a lady of Verona, beloved by Proteus.
SCENE, sometimes in Verona; sometimes in Milan; and on the frontiers of Mantua.
The old copy has-Protheus; but this is merely the antiquated mode of apelling Proteus.
Shakespeare's character was so called, from his disposition to change.
SCENE I.-An open Place in Verona. Enter Valentine and PROTEUS.
CEASE to persuade, my loving Proteus ;
Pro. Wilt thou be gone? Sweet Valentine, adieu!
Val. And on a love-book pray for my success. Pro. Upon some book I love, I'll pray for thee. Val. That's on some shallow story of deep love, How young Leander cross'd the Hellespont.
Pro. That's a deep story of a deeper love; For he was more than over shoes in love.
Val. 'Tis true; for you are over boots in love; And yet you never swom the Hellespont.
Pro. Over the boots? nay, give me not the boots.'
 The boot was an instrument of torture used only in Scotland. Bishop Burnet in The History of his own Times, mentions one Maccael, a preacher, who, being suspected of treasonable practices, underwent the punishment so late as 1666 :-"He was put to the torture, which, in Scotland, they call the boots; for they put a pair VOL. I.
Val. No, I'll not, for it boots thee not.
Val. To be
In love, where scorn is bought with groans; coy looks,
Pro. So, by your circumstance, you call me fool.
Val. Love is your master, for he masters you:
Pro. Yet writers say, As in the sweetest bud The eating canker dwells, so eating love Inhabits in the finest wits of all.
Val. And writers say, As the most forward bud
Pro. And thither will I bring thee, Valentine.
Pro. All happiness bechance to thee in Milan !
Val. As much to you at home! and so, farewell. [Exit.
Pro. He after honour hunts, I after love :
He leaves his friends, to dignify them more;
of iron boots close on the leg, and drive wedges between these and the leg. The common torture was only to drive these in the calf of the leg; but I have been told they were sometimes driven upon the shin bone."