The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Modern Library Classics)
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“They do not love that do not show their love.”
—Two Gentlemen of Verona
Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of the classic comedy of courtship and delicious rivalry.
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• an original Introduction to Two Gentlemen of Verona
• incisive scene-by-scene synopsis and analysis with vital facts about the work
• commentary on past and current productions based on interviews with leading directors, actors, and designers
• photographs of key RSC productions
• an overview of Shakespeare’s theatrical career and chronology of his plays
Ideal for students, theater professionals, and general readers, these modern and accessible editions from the Royal Shakespeare Company set a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century.
idle time, could not again reply, Or fearing else some messenger that might her mind discover,151 Herself hath taught her love himself to write unto her lover. All this I speak in print153, for in print I found it. Why muse you, sir? ’Tis dinner-time. VALENTINE I have dined.155 SPEED Ay, but hearken, sir: though the chameleon Love156 can feed on the air, I am one that am nourished by my victuals, and would fain158 have meat. O, be not like your mistress: be moved159, be moved.
disability:106 Sweet lady, entertain him for your servant. PROTEUS My duty108 will I boast of, nothing else. SILVIA And duty never yet did want his meed.109 Servant, you are welcome to a worthless mistress. PROTEUS I’ll die on him that says so but111 yourself. SILVIA That you are welcome? PROTEUS That you are worthless. [Enter Turio, or a servant enters and whispers to Turio] TURIO Madam, my lord your father would speak with you. SILVIA I wait upon his pleasure.
disobedient, stubborn, lacking duty, Neither regarding70 that she is my child Nor fearing me as if I were71 her father. And, may I say to thee, this pride of hers, Upon advice73, hath drawn my love from her, And, where I thought the remnant of mine age74 Should have been cherished by her child-like duty, I now am full resolved to take a wife And turn her out to who77 will take her in: Then let her beauty be her wedding-dower,78 For me and my possessions she esteems79 not.
Alas, how love can trifle with itself! Here is her picture: let me see, I think If I had such a tire181, this face of mine Were full as lovely as is this of hers. And yet the painter flattered her a little, Unless I flatter with myself too much. Her hair is auburn, mine is perfect yellow; If that be all the difference in his love, I’ll get me such a coloured periwig.187 Her eyes are grey as glass, and so are mine: Ay, but her forehead’s low, and mine’s as high.189 What should it be
at the front of the stage, surrounded by racks containing costumes, weapons, and props, and by the hobby-horses used by the Goths in Titus and by Silvia, Eglamour and Thurio in their flight to the forest in Two Gentlemen. Patrick Stewart (Titus) announced the play’s title and read the opening stage directions. The actors visibly assumed their characterizations before entries and switched them off again once they were out of the acting area; they watched scenes they were not in, and often provided