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MonkeyNotes-The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare
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LIST OF CHARACTERS

Major Characters

Valentine - one of the "two gentlemen" of Verona, who loves to travel. At the duke's court in Milan, he falls in love with Silvia, the Duke's daughter. He suffers the betrayal of his friend Proteus, who reveals to the Duke, Valentine's plan to elope with Silvia. The Duke banishes Valentine. In a forest were Valentine intends to retire, he comes upon a band of outlaws, who adopt him as their leader.

Proteus - one of "Two Gentlemen" of Verona, who is in love with Julia. He is ordered to go to the Duke's court in Milan and remorsefully he leaves Julia. Once in Milan, he falls out of love with Julia and falls in love with his best friend's mistress, Silvia. He betrays Valentine's plans to elope with Silvia to the Duke. When he hears of Silvia's escape to the forest, he pursues her. In the forest he sexually assaults her but is soon confronted by Valentine.

Julia - the beloved of Proteus. When the pain caused by the separation from Proteus becomes unbearable, she follows him to Milan, disguised as a page. She is mortified when she sees Proteus serenading Silvia. She is hired as Proteus' new page, Sebastian. She is commissioned to exchange Proteus' ring (her own) for Silvia's picture. When Proteus pursues Silvia to the forest, she follows him.


Silvia - the daughter of the Duke of Milan. Valentine, Thurio, and Proteus are all Silvia's suitors, but she is only in love with Valentine. When their plans to elope fail and Valentine is banished, Silvia follows Valentine to the forest. There she is reunited with him.

Speed - the witty servant of Valentine, who is a clownish character. He accompanies his master to Milan and warns him about falling in love with Silvia. Once in the forest, he advises Valentine to accept the outlaws' proposal to be their leader.

Launce - Proteus' servant, who is a clownish character. He accompanies his master to Milan. His scenes are comic because each one consists of a witty repartee with either his dog, Crab or Speed.

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