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Luc. I do not seek to quench your love's hot fire;
Jul. The more thou dam'st it up, the more it burns;
Luc. But in what habit will you go along?
Jul. Not like a woman ; for I would prevent
Luc. Why then your ladyship must cut your hair.
Jul. No, girl ; I'll knit it up in silken strings,
Luc. A round hose, madam, now's not worth a pin,
Jul. Lucetta, as thou lov'st me, let me have
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But tell me, wench, how will the world repute me,
Luc. If you think so, then stay at home, and go not.
Luc. Then never dream on infamy, but go.
Jul. That is the least, Lucetta, of my fear:
Luc. All these are servants to deceitful men.
Jul. Base men, that use them to so base effect! But truer stars did govern Proteus' birth : His words are bonds, his oaths arc oracles; His love sincere, his thoughts immaculate ; His tears, pure messengers sent from his heart; His heart as far from fraud, as heaven from earth. Luc. Pray heaven, he prove so, when you come to
him! Jul. Now, as thou lov'st me, do him not that wrong, To bear a hard opinion of his truth; Only deserve my love, by loving him; And presently go with me to my chamber, To take a note of what I stand in need of, To furnish me upon my longing journey. All that is mine I leave at thy dispose, My goods, my lands, my reputation; Only, in heu thereof, despatch me hence: Come, answer not, but to it presently ; I am iin parient of my tarriance.
A journey which she shall pass in longing.
SCENE I. Milan.
in the Duke's
Enter DUKE, Thurio, and PROTEUS. Duke. Sir Thurio, give us leave, I pray, awhile ; We have some secrets to confer about.
[Exit Thurio. Now, tell me, Proteus, what's your will with me?
Pro. My gracious lord, that which I would discover, The law of friendship bids me to conceal : But, when I call to mind your gracious favors Done to me, undeserving as I am, My duty pricks me on to utter that Which else no worldly good should draw from me. Know, worthy prince, Sir Valentine, my friend, This night intends to steal away your daughter; Myself am one made privy to the plot. I know you have determined to bestow her On Thurio, whom your gentle daughter hates; And should she thus be stolen away from you, It would be much vexation to your age. Thus, for my duty's sake, I rather chose To cross my friend in his intended drift, Than, by concealing it, heap on your head A pack of sorrows, which would press you down, Being unprevented, to your timeless grave.
Duke. Proteus, I thank thee for thine honest care, Which to requite, command me while I live. This love of theirs myself have often seen, Haply, when they have judged me fast asleep; And oftentimes have purposed to forbid Sir Valentine her company, and my court: But, fearing lest my jealous aim' might err, And so unworthily disgrace the man,
(A rashness that I ever vet have shunned,
Pro. Know, noble lord, they have devised a mean
Duke. Upon mine honor, he shall never know That I had any light from thee of this.
Pro. Adieu, my lord ; Sir Valentine is coming.
Duke. Be they of much import?
Val. The tenor of them doth but signify My health, and happy being at your court.
Duke. Nay, then no matter; stay with me a while; I am to break with thee of some affairs, That touch me near, wherein thou must be secret. 'Tis not unknown to thee, that I have sought To match my friend, Sir Thurio, to my daughter.
Val. I know it well, my lord ; and, sure, the match Were rich and honorable ; besides, the gentleman
21. e. design.
Is full of virtue, bounty, worth, and qualities
Duke. No, trust me; she is peevish, sullen, froward,
Val. What would your grace have me to do in this ?
Duke. There is a lady, sir, in Milan, here,
Val. Win her with gifts, if she respect not words;
Duke. But she did scorn a present that I sent her.
1 For whereas, often used by old writers.