Shakespeare on Love and/or a Consolation Prize

 Comkpliment and overcoming fear of rejection“Vouchsafe me, for my meed, but one fair look;
A smaller boon than this I cannot beg
And less than this, I am sure, you cannot give.”
(Two Gentlemen from Verona, act 5, sc. 4)

Tips for use. When she just says no, try “… one fair look, a smaller boon than this I cannot beg”. You can also include “Vouchsafe me, for my meed… etc.”, where ‘meed’ (or ‘mead’) is Old English for ‘reward’. Actually, meed was a fermented honey drink. Therefore it is reasonable to conclude that meed is a metaphor based on the presumed appeal of a fermented honey drink.
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In the play. Proteus, the less gentlemanly of the two gentlemen from Verona is rejected by Silvia, but he still pursues her in the forest.

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