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Val. Now trust me, madam, it came hardly off; For, being ignorant to whom it goes, I writ at random, very doubtfully. Sil. Perchance
think too much of so much pains ? Val. No, madam ; so it stead you, I will write, Please you command, a thousand times as much:
. A pretty period! Well, I guess the sequel; And yet I will not name it :-and yet I care not ; And yet take this again ;-and yet I thank you; Meaning henceforth to trouble you no more. Speed. And yet you will; and yet another yet.
[Aside. Val. What means your ladyship? do you not
like it? Sil. Yes, yes; the lines are very quaintly writ: But since unwillingly, take them again; Nav, take them. Val. Madam, they are for
you. Sil. Ay, ay, you writ them, sir, at my request; But I will none of them; they are for you: I would have had them writ more movingly.
Val. Please you, I'll write your ladyship another. Sil. And, when it's writ, for my sake read it
And, if it please you, so: if not, why, so.
Val. If it please me, madam! what then?
And so good morrow, servant. [Exit Silvia.
Speed. O jest unseen, inscrutable, invisible, As a nose on a man's face, or a weathercock on a
steeple! My master sues to her; and she hath taught her
suitor, He being her pupil, to become her tutor.
O excellent device! was there ever heard a better? Τα That my master, being scribe, to himself should
Spe write the letter? Val. How now, sir? what are you reasoning with puri yourself?
eat Speed. Nay, I was rhyming ; 'tis you that have move the reason
Val. To do what?
Speed. What needs she, when she hath made you write to yourself? Why, do you not perceive the jest?
he Val. No, believe me.
Speed. No believing you indeed, sir: But did you perceive her earnest?
Val. She gave me none, except an angry word.
Speed. And that letter hath she deliver'd, and there an end.
Val. I would, it were no worse.
discover, Herself hath taught her love himself to write unto
her lover.All this I speak in print;' for in print I found it.Why muse you, sir ? 'tis dinner time.
-and there an end.] i.e. there's the conclusion of the matter. 3 All this I speak in print ;] In print means with exactness.
Val. I have dined.
Speed. Ay, but hearken, sir; though the cameleon Love can feed on the air, I am one that am nourished by my victuals, and would fain have
meat; O, be not like your mistress; be moved, be Ch moved.
Enter PROTEUS and JULIA.
Jul. If you turn not, you will return the sooner:
[Giving a ring. dr. Pro. Why then we'll make exchange; here, take
Jul. And seal the bargain with a holy kiss. 02
Pro. Here is my hand for my true constancy;
Pro. Go; I come, I come :-
Enter LAUNCE, leading a dog. Luun. Nay, 'twill be this hour ere I have done weeping; all the kind of the Launces have this very fault: I have received my proportion, like the prodigious son, and am going with sir 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 pebble-stone, and has no more pity in him than a dog: a Jew would have wept to have seen our parting; why, my grandam having no eyes, look you, wept herself blind at my parting. Nay, I'll show you the manner of it: This shoe is my father ;-no, this left shoe is my father ;-no, no, this left shoe is my mother ;-nay, that cannot be so neither :-yes, it is so, it is so; it hath the worser sole; This shoe, with the hole in it, is my mother, and this my father; A vengeance on't! there 'tis: now, sir, this staff is my sister; for, look you, she is as white as a lily, and as small as a wand: this hat is Nan, our maid ; I am the dog :-no, the dog is himself, and I am the dog, *_0, the dog is me, and I am myself; ay, so, so. Now come I to my father; Father, your blessing ; now should not the shoe
I am the dog, &c.] Sir T. Hanmer reads: I am the dog, no, the dog is himself and I am me, the dog is the dog, and I am myself. This certainly is more reasonable, but I know not how much reason the author intended to bestow on Launce's soliloquy.
speak a word for weeping; now should I kiss my father; well, he weeps on :-now come I to my mother, (0, that she could speak now!) like a wood woman ;'-well, I kiss her ;—why, there 'tis ; here's my mother's breath up and down; now come I to my sister; mark the moan she makes : now the dog all this while sheds not a tear, nor speaks a word; but see how I lay the dust with my tears.
Pan. Launce, away, away, aboard; thy master is shipped, and thou art to post after with oars. What's the matter? why weep’st thou, man? Away, ass; you will lose the tide, if you tarry any longer.'
Laun. It is no matter if the ty'd were lost; for it is the unkindest ty'd that ever man ty’d.
Pan. What's the unkindest tide i
Pan. Tut, man, I mean thou'lt lose the flood: and, in losing the flood, lose thy voyage; and, in losing thy voyage, lose thy master; and, in losing thy master, lose thy service; and, in losing thy service,-Why dost thou stop my mouth?
Laun. For fear thou should'st lose thy tongue.
Laun. Lose the tide, and the voyage, and the master, and the service? The tide ! - Why, man, if the river were dry, I am able to fill it with my tears; if the wind were down, I could drive the boat with my sighs.
Pan. Come, come away, man; I was sent to call thee.
5- like a wood woman ;-) i.e. crazy, frantic with grief; or distracted, from any other cause.