• Enter certain OUTLAWS

    FIRST OUTLAW

    Fellows, stand fast. I see a passenger.

    SECOND OUTLAW

    If there be ten, shrink not, but down with ’em.
    Enter VALENTINE and SPEED

    THIRD OUTLAW

    Stand, sir! And throw us that you have about ye.
    If not, we’ll make you sit, and rifle you.

    SPEED

    5Sir, we are undone. These are the villains
    That all the travelers do fear so much.

    VALENTINE

    My friends—

    FIRST OUTLAW

    That’s not so, sir. We are your enemies.

    SECOND OUTLAW

    Peace! We’ll hear him.

    THIRD OUTLAW

    10Ay, by my beard will we, for he is a proper man.

    VALENTINE

    Then know that I have little wealth to lose.
    A man I am, crossed with adversity;
    My riches are these poor habiliments,
    Of which if you should here disfurnish me
    15You take the sum and substance that I have.

    SECOND OUTLAW

    Whither travel you?

    VALENTINE

    To Verona.

    FIRST OUTLAW

    Whence came you?

    VALENTINE

    From Milan.

    THIRD OUTLAW

    20Have you long sojourned there?

    VALENTINE

    Some sixteen months, and longer might have stayed
    If crooked fortune had not thwarted me.
  • Several OUTLAWS enter.

    FIRST OUTLAW

    Men, get ready. I see a traveler.

    SECOND OUTLAW

    Even if there are ten of them, don’t back down. Take them down.
    VALENTINE and SPEED enter.

    THIRD OUTLAW

    Stop, sir! Give us what you have on you. If you don’t, we’ll make you sit and we’ll search you.

    SPEED

    Sir, we’re ruined. These are the bandits that all the travelers in this area fear so much.

    VALENTINE

    My friends—

    FIRST OUTLAW

    That’s not how it is, sir. We are your enemies.

    SECOND OUTLAW

    Quiet! Let’s hear him out.

    THIRD OUTLAW

    Yeah, by the hair on my chin we’ll hear him out, because he is a handsome man.

    VALENTINE

    You should know that I have little wealth to lose. I am a man who’s been struck by hardship. My only riches are these poor clothes I’m wearing, and if you take them then you take the sum total of everything I own.

    SECOND OUTLAW

    Where are you going?

    VALENTINE

    To Verona.

    FIRST OUTLAW

    Where did you come from?

    VALENTINE

    From Milan.

    THIRD OUTLAW

    How long were you there?

    VALENTINE

    About sixteen months, and I might have stayed longer if bad luck hadn’t thwarted me.