Although the handmaiden offers sundry objections, Julia declares she 'hath Love's wings to fly,' vowing that, unless the journey be undertaken pretty soon, she will pine away for lack of her beloved. Silvia not only refuses to read Proteus' letter, but tears it up contemptuously, declaring she has no respect for the writer. Meanwhile, Julia is hanging out with her woman in waiting, Lucetta. When she has left, Proteus dwells with intense satisfaction upon the emotion she has shown, and the tears choking her voice, delightful memories over which he gloats until his father's servant summons him away. As Julia wonders why that is, Lucetta whips out a letter from Proteus and hands it over to Julia, who pretends she's too modest to read it. When Proteus ventures to assert that Valentine, too, has passed away, Silvia refuses to believe him, but is weak enough to yield to a flattering request for her picture, vowing, however, that it will speak to him in the same strain as she does herself.
Her grief and intercession, however, only added fuel to the Duke's wrath, making him decree her imprisonment, which news adds bitterness to Valentine's sorrow. Shakespeare's main source for Two Gentlemen is Jorge de Montemayor's Diana Enamorada. . Since they undermine to murder him in the event that he can't, Valentine acknowledges. She reveals her identity, and Proteus's love for Julia is revived. A while later the scene is occupied by Sir Proteus' servant, with the dog he took to Silvia.
Proteus requests that Silvia give him some indication of her support for liberating her, yet she won't. Then, having secured his friend's aid for the elopement, Valentine leaves the room; whereupon Proteus wonders that one love should so soon have driven the other out of his head, his passion of Julia having thawed 'like a waxen image 'gainst a fire,' until it now 'bears no impression of the thing it was. In the mean time, Valentine has begun to look all starry eyed at the Duke's feisty little girl,. New York: University Society, 1901. He adds that this lady was once dearly beloved by Proteus, and describes her beauty and figure, saying she is exactly his height, for she once allowed him to wear her garments to act a play. This scheme appeals to his grace, who minutely inquires what such a ladder may be, and where it can be procured.
Besides, the host volunteers, this servant has just been sent to procure a dog, to be offered to the lady in his master's name on the morrow. Even Valentine's servant notices his irritation ere leaving the room, and, before many moments pass, the rival lovers begin twitting each other in the lady's presence. Proteus tries to waffle — he was hoping to spend his summer going to the beach and hanging out at Dairy Queen with his girl Julia, but his dad won't let him wriggle out of traveling abroad. Valentine lies about having killed a man and the outlaws are totally impressed. The beautiful Silvia is not the real stuff of light comedy.
When Proteus inquires who the object of his devotion may be, Valentine not only admits he loves Silvia, but that he is so beloved by her in return, adding that, as the Duke refuses to countenance any suitor but Sir Thurio, they have decided to elope that very night. The next scene is played in Verona, in Julia's house, where, after calling Lucetta into council, she bids her devise means whereby she can journey to Milan, to rejoin the lover whom she misses so sorely. Proteus takes one look at his former girlfriend and falls back in love with her. Before answering, Proteus tries to find out from this man, whom he had employed as messenger to Julia, whether he has delivered his letter, rewarding him for his witty remarks by a tip. Antonio chooses to send Proteus, his child, to the Duke's court in Milan, a choice with which neither Proteus nor Julia is especially cheerful. Valentine is banished to the forest, where he joins a band of thieves.
Other than as a sort of dress rehearsal for later improvements on his ability to adapt Italian love stories into English-speaking drama, The Two Gentlemen of Verona has historically proven to contain little else of much interest for critics and scholars. All have gone when Silvia opens her window, and thus Proteus receives the thanks intended for the serenader. Meantime, entirely deceived by Proteus' pretended devotion to him and to his daughter, the Duke pours out into the youth's ear complaints in regard to Silvia's perversity in continuing to love a suitor of whom her father does not approve. Now come I to my sister; mark the moan she makes. He tries to assault her for her protection, yet Valentine hops out and stops him.
But the play begins seriously to wane as a comedy when Shakespeare metamorphoses the adventuresome young man's best friend, Proteus, into a villain. Hallowmas: - The feast of All-hallows, or All Saints, at which time the poor in some places went from parish to parish a-souling, as they called it; that is, begging and puling or singing small, as Bailey's Dictionary explains puling , for soul-cakes, and singing what they called the souler's song. This is standard fare, and it could furnish both bittersweet romance and comedy, particularly if the lovers tried unsuccessfully to rendezvous a number of times. Then, after decrying the singing of a dainty sonnet, the page asks whether Proteus ever visits Silvia, only to learn that his servant reports him madly in love with the Duke's daughter. The next scene is played in Verona, in Julia's house, where Proteus is reluctantly bidding farewell to his lady-love, promising to return from Milan as soon as possible, and exchanging keepsake rings with her. We next behold Julia's garden, where she is interviewing her maid, Lucetta, of whom she takes advice in her love affairs. Silvia approaches her companion Sir Eglamour to help her escape her dad's abusive will he needs her to wed Thurio and to discover Valentine.
Silvia, meanwhile, remains devoted to her memory of Valentine. He professes to be angry enough to cast her off, consoling himself for her loss by marrying again. Proteus immediately apologizes, and Valentine offers to give him Silvia as a token of their friendship. In the course of their talk, these two men exchange puns and indulge in a war of wit, they two being the fun-makers in the play. It is at this moment Proteus appears, calling to his servant to find Valentine, whom he seems rejoiced to discover here.
A summons from the Duke, forcing Silvia to leave the apartment with Sir Thurio, she bids Valentine and Proteus use that opportunity to discuss home news, knowing they have a great deal to say to each other. Having surprised the outlaws leading Silvia away, Proteus has boldly rescued her, and is now claiming as reward some mark of her favour, which she still refuses to bestow upon him. Shakespeare's play is also influenced by Thomas Elyot's The Book Named the Governor 1531 , especially the story of Titus and Gisippus Gisippus gives his best friend, Titus, the woman he is supposed to marry after Titus falls in love with her in. The two discuss which one of popular Julia's suitors is the dreamiest. Apparently, Julia wants to size up the competition in secret. He therefore bids his daughter and Sir Thurio welcome him cordially ere leaving the room.
Valentine, who is thinking over his present situation and dreaming of his lady love, hears her voice, and, rescuing her from Proteus, reviles his former friend for his conduct. Just then Silvia enters, and while Valentine greets her, his servant withdraws to the background, whence he slyly comments on all his master says and does. Summary The scene is Verona, where two well-born young friends, Valentine and Proteus, are taking leave of one another. The Two Gentlemen of Verona - Act 2, Scene 1 directory search The Two Gentlemen of Verona Please see the bottom of this page for notes and related resources. Proteus concludes that he truly cherishes Julia superior to Silvia, and takes her.