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The story begins in Verona where two friends, Proteus and Valentine, are forced to part as Valentine travels to Milan seeking adventure and fortune. Proteus stays behind to court the love of his life, Julia, who is eventually wooed by his persistence. Unfortunately for the couple, Proteus' father Antonio orders his son to Milan to be with Valentine. Proteus unwillingly leaves behind Julia, who contrives a plan with her friend Lucetta to get to Milan. In Milan, Valentine has fallen in love with Silvia, the beautiful daughter of the headstrong Duke. Silvia is betrothed to the foolish, but very rich, Thurio whom she cannot stand. When Proteus arrives in Milan, he immediately falls in love with Silvia and plots to betray both his lover Julia and his friend Valentine. Julia and Lucetta eventually arrive in Milan, in disguise. Proteus' attempted betrayal leads to chaos that is mended by Valentine and the disguised women. Valentine rescues Silvia, Julia wins back Proteus, Lucetta and Thurio, and even the servants Launce and Speed find love.
Theatre and Performance Studies
La Salle University, "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" (1999). The Masque Programs. 18.