• Enter PROTEUS and JULIA

    PROTEUS

    Have patience, gentle Julia.

    JULIA

    I must, where is no remedy.

    PROTEUS

    When possibly I can, I will return.

    JULIA

    If you turn not, you will return the sooner.
    5Keep this remembrance for thy Julia’s sake.

    PROTEUS

    Why, then, we’ll make exchange; here, take you this.
    He gives her a ring.

    JULIA

    And seal the bargain with a holy kiss.
    They kiss.

    PROTEUS

    Here is my hand for my true constancy;
    And when that hour o’erslips me in the day
    10Wherein I sigh not, Julia, for thy sake,
    The next ensuing hour some foul mischance
    Torment me for my love’s forgetfulness!
    My father stays my coming. Answer not.
    The tide is now—nay, not thy tide of tears;
    15That tide will stay me longer than I should.
    Julia, farewell!
    Exit JULIA
    What, gone without a word?
    Ay, so true love should do; it cannot speak,
    For truth hath better deeds than words to grace it.
  • PROTEUS and JULIA enter.

    PROTEUS

    Be patient, gentle Julia.

    JULIA

    I have to be, since there is no way to fix the situation.

    PROTEUS

    I will return as soon as I can.

    JULIA

    If you’re not unfaithful you’ll return sooner. Keep this to remember me by, for my sake.
    She gives him a ring.

    PROTEUS

    Well, then, we’ll exchange rings. Here, you take this.
    He gives her a ring.

    JULIA

    And we will seal the bargain with a holy kiss.
    They kiss.

    PROTEUS

    Here is my hand to show my fidelity. And if an hour in the day passes when I don’t sigh when thinking of you, Julia, then may some disaster torment me in the next hour to punish my love’s forgetfulness! My father is waiting for me. Don’t say anything. The tide is right for me to set out—no, not your tide of tears. Those tears will keep me here longer than I should stay. Farewell, Julia!
    JULIA exits.
    What, she’s gone without saying a word? Yes, that’s how it should be with true love. It cannot speak, because truth is best expressed through action, not words.