| Quote #7
Nay, then he should be blind; and, being blind
Silvia raises an excellent question. If Proteus loves Julia so much, why is he leaving her in Verona and travelling to Milan, where his best friend Valentine is hanging out? The easy answer is that Proteus's dad is making him. Still, Silvia's shrewd question seems to gesture at the fact that Proteus isn't as dedicated to Julia as he claims to be.
| Quote #8
Methinks my zeal to Valentine is cold,
For Proteus, falling out of love with Julia means that his "zeal" to Valentine is "cold." In the play, it seems like a man's romantic interests always threaten to break up his friendships with other men. It's also pretty clear that Proteus is fickle – he easily falls in and out of love.
| Quote #9
Then let me go and hinder not my course
Although Proteus falls out of love with Julia as easy as we might change a pair of socks, Julia's devotion to Proteus is pretty rock steady – she willing to risk everything to follow Proteus to Milan so the couple can be together. Here, she declares that her reunion with Proteus will be just like heaven.