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Speeches (Lines) for Panthino
in "Two Gentlemen of Verona"

Total: 14

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Antonio. Tell me, Panthino, what sad talk was that
Wherewith my brother held you in the cloister?

Panthino. 'Twas of his nephew Proteus, your son.



Antonio. Why, what of him?

Panthino. He wonder'd that your lordship
Would suffer him to spend his youth at home,
While other men, of slender reputation,
Put forth their sons to seek preferment out:
Some to the wars, to try their fortune there;
Some to discover islands far away;
Some to the studious universities.
For any or for all these exercises,
He said that Proteus your son was meet,
And did request me to importune you
To let him spend his time no more at home,
Which would be great impeachment to his age,
In having known no travel in his youth.



Antonio. Nor need'st thou much importune me to that
Whereon this month I have been hammering.
I have consider'd well his loss of time
And how he cannot be a perfect man,
Not being tried and tutor'd in the world:
Experience is by industry achieved
And perfected by the swift course of time.
Then tell me, whither were I best to send him?

Panthino. I think your lordship is not ignorant
How his companion, youthful Valentine,
Attends the emperor in his royal court.



Antonio. I know it well.

Panthino. 'Twere good, I think, your lordship sent him thither:
There shall he practise tilts and tournaments,
Hear sweet discourse, converse with noblemen.
And be in eye of every exercise
Worthy his youth and nobleness of birth.



Antonio. I like thy counsel; well hast thou advised:
And that thou mayst perceive how well I like it,
The execution of it shall make known.
Even with the speediest expedition
I will dispatch him to the emperor's court.

Panthino. To-morrow, may it please you, Don Alphonso,
With other gentlemen of good esteem,
Are journeying to salute the emperor
And to commend their service to his will.



(stage directions). [Re-enter PANTHINO]

Panthino. Sir Proteus, your father calls for you:
He is in haste; therefore, I pray you to go.



(stage directions). [Enter PANTHINO]

Panthino. Sir Proteus, you are stay'd for.



(stage directions). [Enter PANTHINO]

Panthino. Launce, away, away, aboard! thy master is shipped
and thou art to post after with oars. What's the
matter? why weepest thou, man? Away, ass! You'll
lose the tide, if you tarry any longer.



Launce. It is no matter if the tied were lost; for it is the
unkindest tied that ever any man tied.

Panthino. What's the unkindest tide?



Launce. Why, he that's tied here, Crab, my dog.

Panthino. 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?



Launce. For fear thou shouldst lose thy tongue.

Panthino. Where should I lose my tongue?



Launce. In thy tale.

Panthino. In thy tail!



Launce. Lose the tide, and the voyage, and the master, and
the service, and the tied! 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.

Panthino. Come, come away, man; I was sent to call thee.



Launce. Sir, call me what thou darest.

Panthino. Wilt thou go?

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