The Two Gentlemen of Verona Act 2, Scene 1 Summary
Back in Milan, Speed helps Proteus put on his gloves and finds a third glove that belongs to Silvia – the girl with whom Valentine has recently fallen head over heels in love.
Speed teases Valentine about his crush and says that Valentine's been moping around like a lovesick puppy: sighing, folding his arms, singing love songs, refusing to eat, and crying like a girl weeping over her dead grandmother (he seriously says that).
Then Speed proceeds to insult Valentine and Silvia by implying that Silvia is ugly but Valentine thinks she's beautiful because he's wearing love goggles.
Silvia enters and lovelorn Valentine proceeds to shower her with compliments.
Silvia refers to Valentine as her "servant" and then proceeds to treat him like one.
Brain Snack: We see this kind of thing all the time in "courtly love" literature (like Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, c. 1350), where guys devote themselves to their lady-loves and call themselves "servants." Shakespeare is sort of poking fun of Valentine and the whole courtly love convention here, even as he participates in it.
We find out that Silvia has recently asked Valentine to write a love letter to an unnamed "friend" of Silvia's. Valentine, who doesn't understand that Silvia really meant she wanted him to write a love letter to her, hands over the note and is all "I hope your friend likes it. It's not very good because I don't know anything about the person I was writing to."
Silvia is peeved at the generic contents of the letter and shoves it back at Valentine, telling him to try again – this time, the letter should be more passionate.
Poor Valentine is baffled by Silvia's behavior until Speed explains why Silvia is so upset.
Speed announces it's dinner time and Valentine says something like "I'm not hungry. I've already dined on love."