Enter ANTONIO and PANTHINO.
Tell me, Panthino, what sad talk was that
Wherewith my brother held you in the cloister?
’Twas of his nephew Proteus, your son.
Why, what of him?
5He wondered 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,
10Some 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
15To 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.
Nor need’st thou much importune me to that
Whereon this month I have been hammering.
20I have considered well his loss of time,
And how he cannot be a perfect man,
Not being tried and tutored in the world.
Experience is by industry achieved
And perfected by the swift course of time.
25Then tell me, whither were I best to send him?