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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Gentlemen of Verona Translation Act 2, Scene 5

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Enter SPEED and LANCE severally

SPEED

Lance! By mine honesty, welcome to Milan!

SPEED

Lance! I swear by my honesty: welcome to Milan!

LANCE

Forswear not thyself, sweet youth, for I am not welcome. I reckon this always, that a man is never undone till he be hanged, nor never welcome to a place till some certain shot be paid and the hostess say 'Welcome!'

LANCE

Don't swear falsely by that, sweet boy, because I am not welcome. I think it's always the case that a man is never ruined until he is hanged. In the same way, a man is never welcomed in a place until some bill is paid and the landlady of an inn says: "Welcome!"

SPEED

Come on, you madcap, I'll to the alehouse with you presently; where, for one shot of five pence, thou shalt have five thousand welcomes. But, sirrah, how did thy master part with Madam Julia?

SPEED

Come on, you madman. I'll go to the bar with you immediately. You shall have five thousand welcomes for one payment of five pence. But, sir, how did your master say goodbye to Lady Julia?

LANCE

Marry, after they closed in earnest, they parted veryfairly in jest.

LANCE

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SPEED

But shall she marry him?

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LANCE

No.

LANCE

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SPEED

How then? Shall he marry her?

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LANCE

No, neither.

LANCE

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SPEED

What, are they broken?

SPEED

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LANCE

No, they are both as whole as a fish.

LANCE

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SPEED

Why, then, how stands the matter with them?

SPEED

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LANCE

Marry, thus: when it stands well with him, itstands well with her.

LANCE

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SPEED

What an ass art thou! I understand thee not.

SPEED

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LANCE

What a block art thou, that thou canst not! Mystaff understands me.

LANCE

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SPEED

What thou sayest?

SPEED

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LANCE

Ay, and what I do too: look thee, I'll but lean,and my staff understands me.

LANCE

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SPEED

It stands under thee, indeed.

SPEED

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LANCE

Why, stand-under and under-stand is all one.

LANCE

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SPEED

But tell me true, will't be a match?

SPEED

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LANCE

Ask my dog: if he say ay, it will! If he say no,it will; if he shake his tail and say nothing, it will.

LANCE

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SPEED

The conclusion is then that it will.

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LANCE

Thou shalt never get such a secret from me but by a parable.

LANCe

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SPEED

'Tis well that I get it so. But, Lance, how sayestthou, that my master is become a notable lover?

SPEED

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LAnce

I never knew him otherwise.

LANCE

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SPEED

Than how?

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LANCE

A notable lubber, as thou reportest him to be.

LANCE

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SPEED

Why, thou whoreson ass, thou mistakest me.

SPEED

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LANCE

Why, fool, I meant not thee; I meant thy master.

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SPEED

I tell thee, my master is become a hot lover.

SPEED

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LANCE

Why, I tell thee, I care not though he burn himself in love. If thou wilt, go with me to the alehouse; if not, thou art an Hebrew, a Jew, and not worth the name of a Christian.

LANCE

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SPEED

Why?

SPEED

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LANCE

Because thou hast not so much charity in thee as togo to the ale with a Christian. Wilt thou go?

LANCE

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SPEED

At thy service.

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About the Translator: Nina Romancikova

Nina Romancikova is from Slovakia but her love of literature and theater has brought her to the UK and she has been living and studying there for the past six years. She graduated with a degree in English Literature and Language at University of Glasgow in 2016. Nina is now finishing her Masters in Shakespeare Studies at King's College London and is currently working as a Research Intern at Shakespeare's Globe.