“The Two Gentlemen of Verona” is one of the Shakespeare’s classic romantic plays and considered by some scholars to possibly be the playwright’s first play. It is the story of two young gentlemen from Verona, Valentine and Proteus, who travel to Milan so that they may learn to be “perfect gentlemen”. Valentine is eager to begin this new adventure, but Proteus is reluctant to go as he has fallen in love with the beautiful Julia and she returns his devotion. However, Proteus’s father forces him to leave and he pledges his love to Julia before they part. In Milan, both Valentine and Proteus fall in love with the Duke’s daughter, Silvia, and Proteus is quick to forget Julia. She has not forgotten about Proteus and disguises herself as a boy so that she may follow him to Milan. Silvia does not return Proteus’s regard and has herself fallen in love with Valentine, though her father does not approve of the match. Much confusion and comical misadventures ensue before each of the gentlemen end up with the right lady and all misunderstandings are resolved. This enduring classic by the Bard is a tale of love, romance, happy endings, and the importance of friendship. This edition is annotated by Henry N. Hudson, includes an introduction by Charles Harold Herford, and a biographical afterword.
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