Monday, April 25, 2011

The Two Gentlemen of Verona Act 3, Scene 1, Lines 1-169


it's officially finals week! ah! 4 more days until my coursework as a graduate student is officially OVER. crazy. oh yeah and we have rehearsal every night. ha! so forgive me if my blog entries are a bit brief. that being said, let's get to it, because this play is sooo good!

act 3, scene 1, part 1
Proteus tells the Duke that he has learned that Sylvia and Valentine plan to elope. he also makes the Duke believe that he would never normally rat out a friend, but he had to in order to help the Duke. Proteus goes on to tell him that they have devised a way for Valentine to get Sylvia out of the tower she is locked up in. that very night, Valentine will take a rope ladder to her window. Proteus sees Valentine coming and asks the Duke not to give him away, which the Duke agrees to. Valentine enters with a rope ladder hidden in his cloak. the Duke asks Valentine for some advice. the Duke tells him a story of heartbreak that sounds remarkably similar to Valentine and Sylvia's situation. Valentine, unaware of the trap that the Duke is setting for him, tells the Duke to do exactly what he has done with Sylvia. (see quote below.) finally, Valentine suggests that the Duke get a rope ladder, and that he hide it under a cloak. the Duke asks what kind of cloak. Valentine suggests something like the kind he is wearing. the Duke asks to try on Valentine's cloak, and he of course declines because his rope ladder is hidden under it. the Duke insists, revealing the ladder and a love note to Sylvia. the Duke reads the letter, and without letting Valentine speak up for himself, banishes him from Milan and leaves.

i thought Valentine was smarter than this. much much smarter than this. guess not. and man do i really hope that Proteus gets what's coming to him.

interesting how the Duke says, 'there is a lady in Verona here.' but they're not in Verona. they're in Milan. just sayin'.

the quote below makes me laugh. i feel like this theme comes up A LOT in Shakespeare: women say one thing, but mean another. we may not have seen it a lot before this, but i'm ready to see quite a bit of it in comedies to come. the funny thing is that so far, it's not that women DO say one thing and mean another, it's that that's what men THINK is going on.
quote of the day:
re: giving a woman presents
'a woman sometimes scorns what best contents her.
send her another. never give her o'er,
for scorn at first makes after-love the more.
if she do frown, 'tis not in hate of you,
but rather to beget more love in you.
if she do chide, 'tis not to have you gone,
forwhy the fools are mad if left alone.
take no repulse, whatever she doth say;
for "get you gone," she doth not mean "away!"
flatter and praise, commend, extol their graces;
though ne'er so black, say they have angels' faces.
that man that hath a tongue, i say, is no man
if with his tongue he cannot win a woman.'


for tomorrow: the rest of the scene, and perhaps act 3, scene 2!

-rebecca may

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