• Enter JULIA and LUCETTA

    JULIA

    But say, Lucetta, now we are alone,
    Wouldst thou then counsel me to fall in love?

    LUCETTA

    Ay, madam, so you stumble not unheedfully.

    JULIA

    Of all the fair resort of gentlemen
    5That every day with parle encounter me,
    In thy opinion which is worthiest love?

    LUCETTA

    Please you repeat their names, I’ll show my mind
    According to my shallow simple skill.

    JULIA

    What think’st thou of the fair Sir Eglamour?

    LUCETTA

    10As of a knight well-spoken, neat, and fine;
    But, were I you, he never should be mine.

    JULIA

    What think’st thou of the rich Mercatio?

    LUCETTA

    Well of his wealth, but of himself, so-so.

    JULIA

    What think’st thou of the gentle Proteus?

    LUCETTA

    15Lord, Lord, to see what folly reigns in us!

    JULIA

    How now? What means this passion at his name?

    LUCETTA

    Pardon, dear madam, ’tis a passing shame
    That I, unworthy body as I am,
    Should censure thus on lovely gentlemen.

    JULIA

    20Why not on Proteus, as of all the rest?

    LUCETTA

    Then thus, of many good I think him best.

    JULIA

    Your reason?
  • JULIA and LUCETTA enter.

    JULIA

    Now that we’re alone, tell me, Lucetta, would you recommend that I fall in love?

    LUCETTA

    Yes, madam, so you stumble into it on purpose.

    JULIA

    Of all the attractive gentlemen that speak with me daily, which do you think would be best to love?

    LUCETTA

    Please tell me their names again, and I’ll tell you my opinion about them as best I can.

    JULIA

    What do you think of the attractive Sir Eglamour?

    LUCETTA

    As a knight, he’s well spoken, elegant, and fine. But if I were you, I wouldn’t fall in love with him.

    JULIA

    What do you think of Mercatio, who is rich?

    LUCETTA

    I like his money a lot, but him only so-so.

    JULIA

    What do you think of kind Proteus?

    LUCETTA

    Good Lord, how foolish people are!

    JULIA

    What’s that for? Why this outburst at his name?

    LUCETTA

    Pardon me, dear madam, it’s inexcusable that I, the unworthy servant that I am, should criticize such lovely gentlemen.

    JULIA

    Why don’t you think well of Proteus out of all the rest?

    LUCETTA

    Fine then—of all the good men, I think Proteus is best.

    JULIA

    What’s your reason?