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Bosom buddies Valentine and Proteus bid a tearful farewell on a street in Verona Valentine is off to improve himself venturing out to see the world while Proteus stays home in Verona tied by his love for Julia After Valentine departs his servant Speed enters Proteus inquires whether or not Speed delivered a letter to Julia to which Speed replies affirmatively Julia meanwhile asks her maid Lucetta with which man she should fall in love and Lucetta recommends Proteus Lucetta admits that she has a letter for Julia from Proteus After much bickering Julia tears up the letter only to regret this act an instant later Antonio decides to send Proteus his son to the Dukes court in Milan a decision with which neither Proteus nor Julia is particularly happy They exchange rings and promises to keep loving each other Meanwhile Valentine has fallen in love with the Dukes feisty daughter Silvia When Proteus arrives at court he too falls in love with Silvia and vows to do anything he can to win her away from Valentine When Valentine confesses that he and Silvia plan to elope Proteus notifies the Duke of their plans gaining favor for himself and effecting Valentines banishment from court Back in Verona Julia has hatched a plan to disguise herself as a man so that she can journey to Milan to be reunited with Proteus Upon arriving at court she witnesses Proteus and Thurio wooing Silvia The banished Valentine while traveling to Mantua is apprehended by a group of outlaws The outlaws all of whom are banished gentlemen as well demand Valentine to become their king Since they threaten to kill him if he refuses Valentine accepts Silvia and Julia who is disguised as the page Sebastian meet when Julia delivers the ring Proteus had given her to Silvia on behalf of Proteus Julia does not reveal her identity Silvia calls on her friend Sir Eglamour to help her escape
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