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  • Title: Galathea (Modern)
  • Editor: David Bevington

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    Author: John Lyly
    Editor: David Bevington
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    Galathea (Modern)

    [Enter] Phillida and Galathea [both disguised as young men].
    510Phillida It is pity that Nature framed you not a woman, having a face so fair, so lovely a countenance, so modest a behavior.
    Galathea There is a tree in Tylos whose nuts have shells like fire, and, being cracked, the kernel is but water.
    Phillida What a toy is it to tell me of that tree, being nothing to the purpose? I say it is pity you are not a woman.
    Galathea I would not wish to be a woman unless it were because thou art a man.
    515Phillida Nay, I do not wish to be a woman, for then I should not love thee, for I have sworn never to love a woman.
    Galathea A strange humor in so pretty a youth, and according to mine, for myself will never love a woman.
    Phillida It were a shame, if a maiden should be a suitor (a thing hated in that sex), that thou shouldst deny to be her servant.
    Galathea If it be a shame in me, it can be no commendation in you, for yourself is of that mind.
    520Phillida Suppose I were a virgin (I blush in supposing myself one), and that under the habit of a boy were the person of a maid: if I should utter my affection with sighs, manifest my sweet love by my salt tears, and prove my loyalty unspotted and my griefs intolerable, would not then that fair face pity this true heart?
    Galathea Admit that I were as you would have me suppose that you are, 525and that I should with entreaties, prayers, oaths, bribes, and whatever can be invented in love desire your favor, would you not yield?
    Phillida Tush, you come in with "admit."
    Galathea And you with "suppose."
    Phillida [Aside] What doubtful speeches be these! I fear me he is as I am, a maiden.
    530Galathea [Aside] What dread riseth in my mind! I fear the boy to be as I am, a maiden.
    Phillida [Aside] Tush, it cannot be. His voice shows the contrary.
    Galathea [Aside] Yet I do not think it, for he would then have blushed.
    Phillida Have you ever a sister?
    Galathea If I had but one, my brother must needs have two. But I pray, have you ever a one?
    535Phillida My father had but one daughter, and therefore I could have no sister.
    Galathea [Aside] Ay me! He is as I am, for his speeches be as mine are.
    Phillida [Aside] What shall I do? Either he is subtle or my sex simple.
    Galathea [Aside] I have known divers of Diana's nymphs enamored of him, yet hath he rejected all, either as too proud to disdain, or too childish not to understand, or 540for that he knoweth himself to be a virgin.
    Phillida I am in a quandary. Diana's nymphs have followed him, and he despised them, either knowing too well the beauty of his own face or that himself is of the same mold. I will once again try him.[To Galatea] You promised me in the woods that you would love me before all Diana's nymphs.
    545Galathea Ay, so you would love me before all Diana's nymphs.
    Phillida Can you prefer a fond boy as I am before so fair ladies as they are?
    Galathea Why should not I as well as you?
    Phillida Come, let us into the grove, and make much one of another, that cannot tell what to think one of another.