The majority of the cynicism and mockery as regards conventional lovers, however, comes from Launce and Speed, who serve as foils for the two protagonists, and "supply a mundane view of the idealistic flights of fancy indulged in by Proteus and Valentine.
Horrified at what has happened, Proteus vows that the hate Valentine feels for him is nothing compared to the hate he feels for himself.
However, Tarlton died in Septemberand Warren notes several passages in Two Gentlemen which seem to borrow from John Lyly's Midas, which wasn't written until at least late Convinced that Proteus' repentance is genuine, Valentine forgives him and seems to offer Silvia to him.
Valentine one of the two gentlemen of the title opens the play by chiding his closest friend, Proteus the other gentlemanfor remaining idly at home with his beloved Julia rather than venturing to Milan with him. Julia and Proteus meet and he bids her his love in a tearful goodbye.
Unaware of Proteus' feelings, Valentine tells him the Duke wants Silvia to marry the foppish but wealthy Thurio, against her wishes. She learns that Silvia loves Valentine and does not appreciate Proteus' affections.
Another theory is provided by William C.
He threatens he will rape her if necessary and Valentine finally intervenes and confronts him.