The Two Gentlemen of Verona | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona | Characters

Character Description
Valentine Valentine is a young Veronese gentleman of excellent character who travels to Milan to become a member of the Duke's court and learn the ways of sophisticated society. Read More
Proteus Proteus is a selfish, capricious, and deceitful Veronese gentleman, as "shifty" or "shape changing" as his name implies. Read More
Julia Julia is a brave and determined, if somewhat naïve, Veronese young woman. Read More
Sylvia Sylvia is a strong-willed, loving, honorable young Milanese noble woman. Read More
Duke The Duke of Milan (occasionally referred to as the Emperor) is a powerful widower seeking to dispose of his daughter Sylvia in an advantageous marriage. He has chosen his future son-in-law on the basis of wealth without consulting Sylvia's feelings. Read More
Thurio Thurio is a wealthy but otherwise unimpressive suitor who seeks to marry Sylvia. His vast fortune, which makes him the Duke's preferred suitor, seems to be his sole qualification as a prospective husband. Read More
Antonio Proteus's father, Antonio feels guilty about his son's limited education and sends him to Milan to gain experience at the ducal court.
Crab Crab is Lance's dog. His bad manners and lack of house-training bring trouble to his owner and embarrassment to Proteus. This is, needless to say, not a speaking role.
Eglamour Mentioned early as a possible suitor for Julia, Eglamour is described as "well-spoken, neat, and fine," but the implication is he is otherwise not much of a catch. Later, believing Julia dead, he helps Sylvia escape from Milan.
Host The host of a Milanese inn is among the first to welcome Julia (disguised as Sebastian) to his city. He muses over Sebastian's strange reaction to the goings-on in town.
Lance Lance is Proteus's servant and, with Speed, half of the recurring comic duo in the play. His witty, impertinent speeches are full of puns and double entendres.
Lucetta Julia's clear-headed maidservant and friend, Lucetta recognizes Julia's infatuation with Proteus and helps her travel to Milan in disguise. Lucetta guides Julia's thoughts, first advising her to accept Proteus's declarations of love and then advising caution.
Outlaws The trio of outlaws live in the woods outside the city of Mantua. Like Valentine they are Italian noblemen banished for crimes of passion.
Pantino Pantino, Antonio's servant, helps Proteus get ready for his journey to Milan.
Servant The servant is employed by the Duke of Milan.
Speed Valentine's servant and one-half of the play's comic relief, Speed is slow to carry out Valentine's commands but quick on the uptake, being the first character to note the symptoms of Valentine's lovesickness.
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