The Two Gentlemen of Verona "They Do Not Love That Do Not Show Their Love"
by William Shakespeare

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"They Do Not Love That Do Not Show Their Love"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

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Context: Proteus, one of the two gentlemen of Verona, is in love with Julia. To further his suit, he sends a letter to her by Valentine's servant, Speed. Being deceived by Lucetta, Julia's waiting woman into thinking that she is her mistress, Speed delivers the letter to her, and reports to Proteus that the lady did not say anything about loving him. Julia, a maid ready and willing to fall in love with somebody, discusses her would-be suitors with Lucetta. Lucetta says that Proteus loves Julia best of all her suitors, but Julia does not believe the statement because Proteus does not show his love. Both females disagree on how much love a lover displays.

LUCETTAFire that's closest kept burns most of all.JULIAThey do not love that do not show their love.LUCETTAO, they love least that let men know their love.