The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Synopsis

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Dramatis Personae

The Duke Of Milan    
Silvia Daughter to the Duke and the beloved of Valentine
Proteus A gentleman of Verona
Lance Servant of Proteus 
Valentine A gentleman of Verona
Speed Servant of Valentine
Turio A foolish suitor for Silvia’s hand    
Antonio Father of Proteus    
Panthino Servant of Antonio
Julia The beloved of Proteus, later disguised as Sebastian, a page
Lucetta Waiting-woman of Julia
Eglamour Silvia’s accomplice in her flight from Milan
Host of the Inn where Julia lodges in Milan

First Outlaw    
Second Outlaw    
Third Outlaw 
   
Servant to the Duke
Musician
Ursula Maid to Silvia

 

Scene by Scene:

Act 1 Scene 1
Valentine is about to leave for Milan and begs his best friend, Proteus, to accompany him. Proteus refuses to leave Verona because he is in love with Julia, so Valentine departs alone. Proteus’ clownish servant, Speed, arrives and announces that he delivered Proteus’ letter to Julia but she hasn’t yet replied. 

Act 1 Scene 2
With her maid, Lucetta, Julia discusses her various suitors. While Lucetta is adamant that Proteus is the best option, Julia remains coy. To prove her disdain, Julia rips up a letter from Proteus, but when alone she shows regret for her actions and her affection is obvious. 

Act 1 Scene 3
Proteus’ father orders his son to travel to Milan so that he can become wiser about the world. Proteus, having just received a love letter from Julia, is very upset by the news. 

Act 2 Scene 1
In Milan, Valentine has fallen in love with a woman called Silvia, despite previously scorning love. To test his affection, she has asked Valentine to write a letter to an unnamed recipient, intending him to write it for her. Not picking up on the clue, Valentine writes a generic and unimpassioned letter which is quickly rejected by an unimpressed Silvia, leaving Valentine confused.

Act 2 Scene 2
Before departing, Proteus exchanges love tokens and promises with Julia. 

Act 2 Scene 3
Proteus’ servant, Lance, complains about his dog, Crab, and is instructed to follow his master to Milan. 

Act 2 Scene 4
Valentine is overjoyed at his best friend’s arrival. He introduces him to his beloved and confides in him about their plans to elope. But Proteus immediately falls in love with Silvia too, forgetting all his previous feelings for Julia.

Act 2 Scene 5
Speed welcomes Lance to Milan and they discuss Proteus’ apparent love for Julia.

Act 2 Scene 6
Proteus agonises over his predicament, and decides that his love for Silvia is worth wronging Julia and making an enemy of Valentine.

Act 2 Scene 7
Back in Verona, and unaware of this stark change, Julia asks Lucetta to help her disguise her as a boy so she can safely voyage to find Proteus.

Act 3 Scene 1
Proteus tells the Duke, Silvia’s father, of the couple’s plan to elope in a bid to ruin it. The Duke then tricks Valentine into confessing and threatens him with death if he does not leave the city. 

Act 3 Scene 2
At court, the Duke asks Proteus to help another of Silvia’s suitors, Turio, win her favour. Proteus suggests hiring musicians to serenade her. 

Act 4 Scene 1
Wandering the forest outside Milan, Valentine meets a band of outlaws, who implore him to be their leader.

Act 4 Scene 2
Turio organises a musical serenade, during which Julia arrives disguised as a boy named Sebastian. Turio and his musicians soon depart, and Julia looks on in disbelief as Proteus proclaims his love to Silvia. Proteus claims Valentine is dead, but Silvia remains unmoved at his advances. 

Act 4 Scene 3
Sir Eglamour, a friend of Silvia’s, promises to help her escape that evening, and to journey with her to find Valentine.

Act 4 Scene 4
Proteus, not recognising his former love in disguise, employs ‘Sebastian’ as his servant. Her first task is to take a letter and a ring to Silvia, the very ring that Julia gave him when he left Verona. When ‘Sebastian’ arrives, Silvia questions him about Proteus’ former love, unaware that she speaks to her in disguise.

Act 5 Scene 1
Proteus, not recognising his former love in disguise, employs ‘Sebastian’ as his servant. Her first task is to take a letter and a ring to Silvia, the very ring that Julia gave him when he left Verona. When ‘Sebastian’ arrives, Silvia questions him about Proteus’ former love, unaware that she speaks to her in disguise. 

Act 5 Scene 2
Proteus continues to advise Turio on his suit. The Duke arrives and announces his daughter and fled with Eglamour in search of Valentine. He sets off to pursue them, followed by Turio, Proteus and ‘Sebastian’.

Act 5 Scene 3
Meanwhile, in the forest, the outlaws have kidnapped Silvia, but Eglamour outran them. They take her to their leader who is, unknown to Silvia, Valentine.

Act 5 Scene 4
On their way to Valentine, the outlaws meet Proteus and ‘Sebastian’. Proteus saves Silvia, before threatening to force her to yield to his desires. Valentine, having seen all, angrily confronts his friend, who immediately begs forgiveness. Julia removes her disguise and is reconciled with Proteus. When Turio and the Duke enter, Valentine threatens the former with death if he attempts to take Sylvia. The Duke, admiring Valentine’s bravery, finally consents to a wedding with his daughter and recalls the outlaws’ exile.

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