Seal The Bargain With A Holy Kiss [Shakespeare For You]


Julia:  Keep this remembrance for thy Julia’s sake. 

Proteus:  Why then, we’ll make exchange:  here, take you this.  

Julia:  And seal the bargain with a holy kiss. 

— Julia & Proteus, Two Gentlemen of Verona 2-2


The conversation reminds me of Romeo and Juliet.  They exchange holy kiss with their palms.  And the whole love-bonding “ceremony” is lead by Julia, like Juliet takes the lead in the balcony scene.  The exchange of the ring appears in many Shakespeare plays, too.  

I am amused with the casual feeling of Proteus.  Of course you can play him seriously, but the weight of his words looks lighter than Julia’s.  What do you think?

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