2 Gents: Numbers overall

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

  • 2219 total lines; much shorter than average play, shorter than average comedy (average play: 2777; average comedy: 2424)
  • At 12 lines, Act Five Scene One is the shortest of its kind in the Canon
  • Act One: 378 lines; shorter than average (average play: 590, average comedy: 488)
  • Act Two: 640 lines; longer than average (average play: 568, average comedy: 495)
  • Act Three: 470 lines; shorter than average (average play: 576, average comedy: 512)
  • Act Four: 471 lines; shorter than average, but slightly longer than average comedy (average play: 563, average comedy: 460)
  • Act Five: 260 lines; shortest fifth act in the Canon; shorter than average (average play: 480, average comedy: 471)
  • 595 lines of prose (26.81% of total lines [as opposed to The Comedy of Errors: 13.31%, Titus Andronicus: 1.39%, The Taming of the Shrew: 20.82%, 1HenryVI: 0.37%, 2HenryVI: 16.64%, 3HenryVI: 0.14%, Richard III: 2.89%, and Love’s Labor’s Lost: 35.08%])
  • 176 rhyming lines (7.93% of total lines [as opposed to Comedy: 20.10%, Titus: 2.42%, Taming: 3.93%, 1HenryVI: 9.79%, 2HenryVI: 3.16%, 3HenryVI: 5.37%, Richard III: 7.55%, and LLL: 40.86%])
  • 20 scenes; slightly less than average, though more than average comedy (average play: 21; average comedy: 16)
  • only 17 characters (less than average [average play: 36, average comedy: 22])

 

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