Two Gentlemen of Verona
(Two Gentlemen of Verona)

The Two Gentlemen of Verona by A J Cronin
Two Gentlemen of Verona, by A J Cronin,is the touching story of Jacopo and Nicola, two brothers aged 12 and 13 who do odd jobs and live a hard life themselves to sustain and treat their elder sister Lucia who is suffering from tubercolosis of the spine.
A J Cronin uses the title of William Shakespeare's famous play,The Two Gentlemen of Verona in an ironic manner. Cronin's portrayal of these modern "gentlemen" of Verona re-defines the concept of what it means to be a gentleman, Cronin shows us that one may polish boots or sell newspapers, but it is the magnanimity of heart and the nobleness of purpose that actually determines whether one is a true "gentleman".