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ACT I - SCENE II. The same. Garden of JULIA's house.
Enter JULlA and LUCETTA

JULIA
1    But say, Lucetta, now we are alone,
2    Wouldst thou then counsel me to fall in love?
LUCETTA
3    Ay, madam, so you stumble not unheedfully.
JULIA
4    Of all the fair resort of gentlemen
5    That every day with parle encounter me,
6    In thy opinion which is worthiest love?
LUCETTA
7    Please you repeat their names, I'll show my mind
8    According to my shallow simple skill.
JULIA
9    What think'st thou of the fair Sir Eglamour?
LUCETTA
10   As of a knight well-spoken, neat and fine;
11   But, were I you, he never should be mine.
JULIA
12   What think'st thou of the rich Mercatio?
LUCETTA
13   Well of his wealth; but of himself, so so.
JULIA
14   What think'st thou of the gentle Proteus?
LUCETTA
15   Lord, Lord! to see what folly reigns in us!
JULIA
16   How now! what means this passion at his name?
LUCETTA
17   Pardon, dear madam: 'tis a passing shame
18   That I, unworthy body as I am,
19   Should censure thus on lovely gentlemen.
JULIA
20   Why not on Proteus, as of all the rest?
LUCETTA
21   Then thus: of many good I think him best.
JULIA
22   Your reason?
LUCETTA
23   I have no other, but a woman's reason;
24   I think him so because I think him so.
JULIA
25   And wouldst thou have me cast my love on him?
LUCETTA
26   Ay, if you thought your love not cast away.
JULIA
27   Why he, of all the rest, hath never moved me.
LUCETTA
28   Yet he, of all the rest, I think, best loves ye.
JULIA
29   His little speaking shows his love but small.
LUCETTA
30   Fire that's closest kept burns most of all.
JULIA
31   They do not love that do not show their love.
LUCETTA
32   O, they love least that let men know their love.
JULIA
33   I would I knew his mind.
LUCETTA
34   Peruse this paper, madam.
JULIA
35   'To Julia.' Say, from whom?
LUCETTA
36   That the contents will show.
JULIA
37   Say, say, who gave it thee?
LUCETTA
38   Valentine's page; and sent, I think, from Proteus.
39   He would have given it you; but I, being in the way,
40   Did in your name receive it: pardon the
41   fault I pray.
JULIA
42   Now, by my modesty, a goodly broker!
43   Dare you presume to harbour wanton lines?
44   To whisper and conspire against my youth?
45   Now, trust me, 'tis an office of great worth
46   And you an officer fit for the place.
47   Or else return no more into my sight.
LUCETTA
48   To plead for love deserves more fee than hate.
JULIA
49   Will ye be gone?
LUCETTA
50   That you may ruminate.
Exit

JULIA
51   And yet I would I had o'erlooked the letter:
52   It were a shame to call her back again
53   And pray her to a fault for which I chid her.
54   What a fool is she, that knows I am a maid,
55   And would not force the letter to my view!
56   Since maids, in modesty, say 'no' to that
57   Which they would have the profferer construe 'ay.'
58   Fie, fie, how wayward is this foolish love
59   That, like a testy babe, will scratch the nurse
60   And presently all humbled kiss the rod!
61   How churlishly I chid Lucetta hence,
62   When willingly I would have had her here!
63   How angerly I taught my brow to frown,
64   When inward joy enforced my heart to smile!
65   My penance is to call Lucetta back
66   And ask remission for my folly past.
67   What ho! Lucetta!
Re-enter LUCETTA

LUCETTA
68   What would your ladyship?
JULIA
69   Is't near dinner-time?
LUCETTA
70   I would it were,
71   That you might kill your stomach on your meat
72   And not upon your maid.
JULIA
73   What is't that you took up so gingerly?
LUCETTA
74   Nothing.
JULIA
75   Why didst thou stoop, then?
LUCETTA
76   To take a paper up that I let fall.
JULIA
77   And is that paper nothing?
LUCETTA
78   Nothing concerning me.
JULIA
79   Then let it lie for those that it concerns.
LUCETTA
80   Madam, it will not lie where it concerns
81   Unless it have a false interpeter.
JULIA
82   Some love of yours hath writ to you in rhyme.
LUCETTA
83   That I might sing it, madam, to a tune.
84   Give me a note: your ladyship can set.
JULIA
85   As little by such toys as may be possible.
86   Best sing it to the tune of 'Light o' love.'
LUCETTA
87   It is too heavy for so light a tune.
JULIA
88   Heavy! belike it hath some burden then?
LUCETTA
89   Ay, and melodious were it, would you sing it.
JULIA
90   And why not you?
LUCETTA
91   I cannot reach so high.
JULIA
92   Let's see your song. How now, minion!
LUCETTA
93   Keep tune there still, so you will sing it out:
94   And yet methinks I do not like this tune.
JULIA
95   You do not?
LUCETTA
96   No, madam; it is too sharp.
JULIA
97   You, minion, are too saucy.
LUCETTA
98   Nay, now you are too flat
99   And mar the concord with too harsh a descant:
100  There wanteth but a mean to fill your song.
JULIA
101  The mean is drown'd with your unruly bass.
LUCETTA
102  Indeed, I bid the base for Proteus.
JULIA
103  This babble shall not henceforth trouble me.
104  Here is a coil with protestation!
Tears the letter
105  Go get you gone, and let the papers lie:
106  You would be fingering them, to anger me.
LUCETTA
107  She makes it strange; but she would be best pleased
108  To be so anger'd with another letter.
Exit

JULIA
109  Nay, would I were so anger'd with the same!
110  O hateful hands, to tear such loving words!
111  Injurious wasps, to feed on such sweet honey
112  And kill the bees that yield it with your stings!
113  I'll kiss each several paper for amends.
114  Look, here is writ 'kind Julia.' Unkind Julia!
115  As in revenge of thy ingratitude,
116  I throw thy name against the bruising stones,
117  Trampling contemptuously on thy disdain.
118  And here is writ 'love-wounded Proteus.'
119  Poor wounded name! my bosom as a bed
120  Shall lodge thee till thy wound be thoroughly heal'd;
121  And thus I search it with a sovereign kiss.
122  But twice or thrice was 'Proteus' written down.
123  Be calm, good wind, blow not a word away
124  Till I have found each letter in the letter,
125  Except mine own name: that some whirlwind bear
126  Unto a ragged fearful-hanging rock
127  And throw it thence into the raging sea!
128  Lo, here in one line is his name twice writ,
129  'Poor forlorn Proteus, passionate Proteus,
130  To the sweet Julia:' that I'll tear away.
131  And yet I will not, sith so prettily
132  He couples it to his complaining names.
133  Thus will I fold them one on another:
134  Now kiss, embrace, contend, do what you will.
Re-enter LUCETTA

LUCETTA
135  Madam,
136  Dinner is ready, and your father stays.
JULIA
137  Well, let us go.
LUCETTA
138  What, shall these papers lie like tell-tales here?
JULIA
139  If you respect them, best to take them up.
LUCETTA
140  Nay, I was taken up for laying them down:
141  Yet here they shall not lie, for catching cold.
JULIA
142  I see you have a month's mind to them.
LUCETTA
143  Ay, madam, you may say what sights you see;
144  I see things too, although you judge I wink.
JULIA
145  Come, come; will't please you go?
Exeunt

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV

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