The Two Gentlemen of Verona | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona | Scene Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Mid-16th century

    Valentine leaves his home city of Verona for Milan.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • The same day

    Proteus sends a love letter to Julia.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • Hours later

    Julia acknowledges her love for Proteus.

    Act 1, Scene 2
  • Sometime later

    Antonio decides to send Proteus to Milan, leaving Julia behind.

    Act 1, Scene 3
  • After arrival in Milan

    Valentine is in love with and courting Sylvia.

    Act 2, Scene 1
  • The next day

    Before Proteus leaves for Milan, he and Julia exchange rings.

    Act 2, Scene 2
  • Not long after

    Fickle Proteus arrives in Milan and falls for Sylvia, abandoning Julia.

    Act 2, Scene 4
  • Days or weeks later

    Proteus tells the Duke about Valentine's plan to elope with Sylvia.

    Act 3, Scene 1
  • Later that day

    The angry Duke banishes Valentine from Milan 16 months after the young man's arrival there.

    Act 3, Scene 1
  • That night

    Valentine becomes captain of the robber band in the Mantuan woods.

    Act 4, Scene 1
  • In the meantime

    Proteus attempts, unsuccessfully, to woo Sylvia for himself.

    Act 4, Scene 2
  • While Proteus woos

    Julia arrives in Milan, disguised as the young page Sebastian.

    Act 4, Scene 2
  • Shortly after

    Sylvia, accompanied by Eglamour, flees from Milan to find Valentine.

    Act 5, Scene 1
  • Later that night

    Sylvia is captured by the robbers in the Mantuan woods.

    Act 5, Scene 3
  • The next day

    Proteus pursues Sylvia and rescues her from the outlaws.

    Act 5, Scene 4
  • Immediately after

    Valentine, leader of the outlaws, rescues Sylvia from Proteus.

    Act 5, Scene 4
  • Moments later

    All are forgiven, and the two pairs of lovers are reunited.

    Act 5, Scene 4

Scene Summaries Chart

Scene Summary
Act 1, Scene 1 In a public square in Verona, two young Veronese gentlemen—friends since childhood—are saying goodbye to one another. Va... Read More
Act 1, Scene 2 The lady Julia appears with her attendant Lucetta. Julia goes through a list of the names of gentlemen who have wooed he... Read More
Act 1, Scene 3 Antonio, Proteus's father, is conferring with his servant Pantino at his estate in Verona. Pantino has been to see Anton... Read More
Act 2, Scene 1 Valentine and his servant Speed have established themselves at the Milanese court, where the Duke (sometimes confusingly... Read More
Act 2, Scene 2 Back in Verona Proteus bids a tearful farewell to Julia before his departure to Milan. The two exchange rings by which t... Read More
Act 2, Scene 3 Elsewhere in Verona Proteus's servant, Lance, is lamenting his departure from his hometown. Everyone in the family, he r... Read More
Act 2, Scene 4 At the Duke's palace in Milan Valentine continues wooing Sylvia, who orders him about like a servant. Speed is present, ... Read More
Act 2, Scene 5 Lance and his dog, Crab, have just arrived in Milan and are welcomed to town by Speed. (Actually Speed erroneously welco... Read More
Act 2, Scene 6 Back at the Duke's palace Proteus continues to mull over his dilemma. He wants to court "fair Sylvia," but to do so mean... Read More
Act 2, Scene 7 Meanwhile, at home in Verona, an impatient and lovesick Julia plans "a journey to [her] loving Proteus." Lucetta reasona... Read More
Act 3, Scene 1 Proteus visits the Duke and informs him of Valentine's plan to elope with Sylvia by climbing up to her bedroom window. T... Read More
Act 3, Scene 2 Later at the ducal palace Thurio and the Duke are conferring about Sylvia, who has not stopped pining for her banished l... Read More
Act 4, Scene 1 In the woods outside Mantua, a trio of outlaws jumps on Valentine and Speed. When asked about his travels, Valentine adm... Read More
Act 4, Scene 2 Outside the Duke's palace in Milan, Proteus is "helping" Thurio woo Sylvia, while in fact still attempting to win her fo... Read More
Act 4, Scene 3 Eglamour, a knight unfortunate in love, comes to the ducal palace in response to a summons from Sylvia. She asks for his... Read More
Act 4, Scene 4 Later that day Lance arrives from a botched errand, having brought his dog, Crab, as a present for Silvia on Proteus's b... Read More
Act 5, Scene 1 Eglamour and Sylvia meet at the abbey as agreed. Fearful of being spied on, Sylvia urges Eglamour to wait for her by the... Read More
Act 5, Scene 2 Back at the Duke's palace Thurio is asking Proteus about his chances of successfully wooing Sylvia. Proteus shares that ... Read More
Act 5, Scene 3 In the forest outside Mantua Sylvia is captured by the trio of unnamed outlaws, who plan to take her to their leader. Eg... Read More
Act 5, Scene 4 At his camp in the Mantuan woods, Valentine broods over the loss of Sylvia. Fighting is heard offstage, and Valentine hi... Read More
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