Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Two Gentlemen of Verona Act 2, Scenes 3 and 4


i have cue to cue today for Writes of Spring! ahhhhhhh! i have to go fast because i won't get out til 1am tonight, so let's jump right in.

act 2, scene 3
Lance, Proteus' servant enters with his dog, Crab. Lance is mad at Crab because everyone else was upset that he was leaving for Milan except Crab, who doesn't seem to care one bit. (see quote below.) Panthino enters, urging Lance to get the heck out of there before he misses the boat altogether. after some confusion and runaround, Lance finally goes.

act 2, scene 4
Valentine, Sylvia, Thurio, and Speed enter at the Duke's palace in Milan. Valentine and Thurio, another of Sylvia's suitors, are fighting a fierce battle of words over Sylvia. the Duke comes in, and reveals that Valentine's very best friend, Proteus, has been sent to the palace to spend some time there in their service. he has gotten a very good recommendation from other people, and Valentine adds to that. the Duke leaves and Proteus comes in. Proteus and Sylvia exchange a few witty words before Sylvia and Thurio leave to give Valentine and Proteus time to catch up. Valentine admits to Proteus that he too has been infected by love, and can't help but be totally and completely in love with Sylvia. Valentine tries to get Proteus to admit that she is the most beautiful woman in the world, but he won't do it. Proteus asks Valentine if Sylvia is in love with him, and Valentine tells him that she is. they are betrothed! Valentine asks Proteus to help him figure out what to do. Proteus promises he will be with him in a minute, and Valentine leaves. then Proteus admits to us that he has just fallen in love with Sylvia himself! he will try to get over it, but if he can't he will find a way to have her.

first question: would they have brought a real dog onstage back then? what do people do now?

second question: when Proteus enters in scene 4, is Sylvia flirting with him. i couldn't fully tell, but i thought maybe she was. that girl is crazy! and does she like Thurio too? does she enjoy them fighting over her? she strikes me as being that kind of girl.

oh yeah, and Proteus is a total JERK! who goes for their best friend's girl? i'll tell you who. jerks. i certainly hope he doesn't get her and that Julia leaves him. he's a liar and a cheat, and i don't like him one bit.

loving this play, hope you'll give it a try!

quote of the day:
'...[I] am going with Proteus to the Imperial's court. i think Crab, my dog, be the sourest-natured dog that lives. my mother weeping, my father wailing, my sister crying, our maid howling, our cat wringing her hands, and all our house in a great perplexity, yet did not this cruel-hearted cur shed one tear. he is a stone, a very pebblestone, and has no more pity in him than a dog.'
   -Lance; act 2, scene 3

for tomorrow: act 2, scenes 5-7

-rebecca may

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