Nothing But My Fortune [Shakespeare For You]

🎭 Nothing but my fortune.

— Valentine, Two Gentlemen of Verona 4-1


Being vanished from the court of Duke of Milan, he was “stand-and-deliver”ed by a group of outlaws in the mountains, and asked if he had any resource.  And he answered this.

“Fortune” could mean a big money, tremendous good luck, but here, he simply meant his downward, tragical, sad destiny.

Everytime I come to this phrase, it reminds me of what Oscar Wilde answered at the US custom.

USC:  Anything to declare?
OW:  Nothing but my talent.