The two gentlemen of verona


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The two gentlemen of verona

  1. 1. In the story “Two Gentlemen of Verona”, the two orphan boys Jacopo and Nicola, work immensely and exhaustively , they shine shoes, sell newspapers and run errands for the sake of the treatment of their sister. They showcase an unusual devotion towards their work and family, they give an outrageous example of love, care, emotion and nobility. Cronin shows us that one may polish boots or sell newspapers, but it is the magnanimity of heart and the nobleness of purpose that actually determines whether one is a true "gentleman". Hence, sarcastically the title is quite justified.
  2. 2. The Story….Verona
  3. 3. The story begins in an ironical manner, as the narrator drives through the foothills of the Alps; his interest is provoked by the appearance of two little boys in front of their car on the outskirts of a florid, pretty and eye-catching city Verona. Those two boys were selling wild strawberries.
  4. 4. The narrator and his friends noticed the boys for a while then as their interest slackened, they went over to meet them. Jacopo and Nicola greeted them with friendly and admiring faces, maybe because the narrator bought their biggest basket. The narrator pleased with their smile, asked them that he thought they sold fruits for a living. Determinately, in a serious tone Nicola said “ We do many things , sir”. He glanced at the narrator in hope of getting another brisk job; “We often show visitors through the town….to Juliet’s tomb”…..and other places of interest”.
  5. 5. The next morning, the narrator went over the fountain to get his shoes shined, he asked the boys with a sense of curiousness "Nicola, the way you and Jacopo work, you must earn quite a bit;(taking a glance over their clothes) he said, you don't spend anything on your apparels and you eat little enough--usually black bread and figs...then tell me what do you do with your money?" Nicola embarrassingly coloured under his sunburn, then grew pale. Trying to be secretive, he started looking at the ground. In a comical manner the narrator asked "You must be saving the money to emigrate to America?".Nicola finally spoke up with efforts, that he would like to go to America, but at present he and Jacopo, had other plans. Determinately, the narrator asked "what plans?"
  6. 6. In a low voice, smiling miserably, Nicola said "Just plans sir". The narrator, not wanting to intrude in their personal lives , decided to leave that topic and told the boys that he and his friends were leaving on the forthcoming Monday, and asked whether he could do anything for them before going. Nicola meaningfully shook his head, but suddenly, lost in his excitement, Jacopo popped out. "Sir, every Sunday we make a visit to our country (our village) Poleta, 30 kilometres from Verona. Usually we hire bicycles. But tomorrow since you are so kind, you mind send us in your car“
  7. 7. • The narrator said "I have already given Luige a day off, so I'll drive you out myself“ Nicola glared at his brother in vexation and anger, then shamefacedly said "Sir, we couldn't think of troubling you". The narrator said, "It wont be any trouble". Nicola bit his lip, in a put-out tone he insisted. The following afternoon they drove to the tiny village set high upon the scenic hillside. The narrator had expected their destinations to be some humble and tiny dwellings • .
  8. 8. "Weshallnotbelong,sir.Perhapsonlyanhour.Maybeyou'dliketogotothe cafeinthevillageforadrink?“saidthetwoboysandtheywentinsidethevilla Afterafewminutes,thenarratordesperatelyfollowedthem. Hefounda grilledside-entranceand,determinedly,rangthebell. Secondsafter,A pleasant-lookingwomanwithsteel-rimmedspectacles,wearingawhitedress appeared.Thenarratorblinkedhiseyesashediscovered thatshewasa trainednurse.Heaskedher“I broughttwolittleboyshere”. “Ah!Yes..herface liftupandshepleasantlyopenedthedoortoadmitthenarratorandtoldhim thatJacopoandNicolawereupstairs.
  9. 9. • The two boys were seated at the bedside of a lean, young girl of about twenty who , propped up on pillows, wearing a pretty lace jacket, was listening to their chatter, her eyes soft and tender. One could see and recognize at a glance that she was the elder sister of Jacopo and Nicola . A vase of adorable wild flowers stood on her table, beside a dish of fruit and several books . The boys seemed so happy n blissful spending time with their sister. Later, the nurse told that their sister’s name was Lucia, Lucia was the noble cause of the boy’s eminent hard work. The nurse asked the narrator to pay a visit to Lucia, but the narrator neither wanted to intrude upon this happy family; nor he wanted to let the boys know that their secret was now known to him so he shook his head and went back downstairs . The nurse led the narrator through a cold, tiled and long vestibule into a hospital, as the villa was now turned to a hospital. At the door of a little cubicle, she gestured to the narrator by putting her finger on her lips, asking him to stay quiet and told the narrator to peek inside through the window.
  10. 10. • For months the children kept themselves alive in a short of shelter that they had built with their own hands amidst the rubbles. After winning the war, the Germans ruled the city for three years. The boys started hating the Germans as they were the ones responsible for their ruined lives. When the resistant movement started, they were among the first persons to join. When the war ended, and their was peace at last, they came back to their beloved sister and found that starvation and extremely cold weather conditions led her to suffer from tuberculosis of the
  11. 11. • The nursed paused for some seconds and took a deep breath, then she resumed with some efforts, “Did they gave up?”, I guess I don’t need to answer this question. She told that Jacopo and Nicola brought their sister here, and persuaded the nurse to admit her into the hospital. Lucia had been in this hospital since a year, and she made good progress as a patient. The nurse believed that if her recovering goes well, she may stand and sing again. That day would be the happiest and best day in Jacopo and Nicola's lives. Happiness seemed so little and shattered in their lives, they lost their parents, home and their present family’s head was ailing with tuberculosis.
  12. 12. • The nurse exclaimed, “Food is so expensive and scarce these days”, Hence, she could not let Lucia’s treatment go on without charging a fee. But, Jacopo and Nicola were able to pay the fee every week. She didn’t know what work they did, as it was hard to get some work in Verona, but she was sure that whatever work they did, they did with keen interest and did it well. • The narrator having seen them work hard, agreed with her and said that they couldn’t do it any better.
  13. 13. The narrator waited outside until the boys came back and rejoined him, they then went back to Verona. The boys sat silently behind him, with a cheer that they succeeded in securing the secret. Whereas, the narrator didn’t say a word because he didn’t want the children’s smile to fade away. Still, the boys’ devotion and love for their sister touched the narrator deeply. The war which broke their home, still couldn’t break their spirits. They never looked back at what they lost, they looked forward to save what they still had with them. Their selfless action brought a new nobility to human life, it gave a promise of a greater hope for a better and worth-living human society. Happy Ending
  14. 14. Submitted by:- RISHABH JAIN X-F