Romeo and Juliet


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Capulet, County Paris, and the Clown, a

Servant


CAPULET

But Montague is bound as well as I,
bound (adj.) 2 obliged, required, forced

In penalty alike; and 'tis not hard, I think,

For men so old as we to keep the peace.


PARIS

Of honourable reckoning are you both,
reckoning (n.) 5 esteem, estimation, distinction

And pity 'tis you lived at odds so long.

But now, my lord, what say you to my suit?
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition See Topics: Frequency count


CAPULET

But saying o'er what I have said before:

My child is yet a stranger in the world;

She hath not seen the change of fourteen years,

Let two more summers wither in their pride,

Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.


PARIS

Younger than she are happy mothers made.


CAPULET

And too soon marred are those so early made.

Earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she;

She's the hopeful lady of my earth.
hopeful (adj.) 1 promising, giving hope of success

But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart.
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count

My will to her consent is but a part,

And, she agreed, within her scope of choice

Lies my consent and fair according voice.
according (adj.) agreeing, assenting
voice (n.) 2 support, approval, good word

This night I hold an old accustomed feast,

Whereto I have invited many a guest,

Such as I love; and you among the store,
store (n.) 4 group, company, assembly

One more, most welcome, makes my number more.

At my poor house look to behold this night

Earth-treading stars that make dark heaven light.

Such comfort as do lusty young men feel
lusty (adj.) 5 lustful, sensual, sexful

When well-apparelled April on the heel
well-apparelled (adj.) well-dressed, nicely adorned

Of limping winter treads, even such delight

Among fresh female buds shall you this night

Inherit at my house. Hear all; all see;
inherit (v.) 1 receive, obtain, come into possession [of]

And like her most whose merit most shall be;

Which, on more view of many, mine, being one,

May stand in number, though in reckoning none.
reckoning (n.) 1 counting up, enumeration, calculation

Come, go with me. (To Servant) Go, sirrah, trudge about

Through fair Verona; find those persons out

Whose names are written there, and to them say,

My house and welcome on their pleasure stay.

Exeunt Capulet and Paris


SERVANT

Find them out whose names are written here! It

is written that the shoemaker should meddle with his
meddle (v.) 2 busy oneself, concern oneself

yard and the tailor with his last, the fisher with his pencil
fisher (n.) fisherman
last (n.) 5 wooden model of the foot, for shaping shoes
pencil (n.) finely-pointed paint-brush
yard (n.) 1 yard measure

and the painter with his nets. But I am sent to find those

persons whose names are here writ, and can never find

what names the writing person hath here writ. I must

to the learned. In good time!
time, in good 1 at the right moment

Enter Benvolio and Romeo


BENVOLIO

Tut, man, one fire burns out another's burning.

One pain is lessened by another's anguish.

Turn giddy, and be holp by backward turning.

One desperate grief cures with another's languish.

Take thou some new infection to thy eye,

And the rank poison of the old will die.
rank (adj.) 3 foul, festering, diseased


ROMEO

Your plantain leaf is excellent for that.
plantain (n.) variety of medicinal herb See Topics: Plants


BENVOLIO

For what, I pray thee?


ROMEO

                         For your broken shin.


BENVOLIO

Why, Romeo, art thou mad?


ROMEO

Not mad, but bound more than a madman is;

Shut up in prison, kept without my food,

Whipped and tormented and – Good-e'en, good fellow.


SERVANT

God gi' good-e'en. I pray, sir, can you read?


ROMEO

Ay, mine own fortune in my misery.


SERVANT

Perhaps you have learned it without book. But
book, without off by heart, by rote

I pray, can you read anything you see?


ROMEO

Ay, if I know the letters and the language.


SERVANT

Ye say honestly. Rest you merry.


ROMEO

Stay, fellow. I can read.

He reads the letter

Signor Martino and his wife and daughters. County Anselm

and his beauteous sisters. The lady widow of Utruvio.

Signor Placentio and his lovely nieces. Mercutio and his

brother Valentine. Mine uncle Capulet, his wife and daughters.

My fair niece Rosaline and Livia. Signor Valentio and

his cousin Tybalt. Lucio and the lively Helena.

A fair assembly. Whither should they come?


SERVANT

Up.


ROMEO

Whither? To supper?


SERVANT

To our house.


ROMEO

Whose house?


SERVANT

My master's.


ROMEO

Indeed I should have asked thee that before.


SERVANT

Now I'll tell you without asking. My master is

the great rich Capulet; and if you be not of the house of

Montagues, I pray come and crush a cup of wine. Rest
crush (v.) 1 drink down, quaff, knock back

you merry.

Exit Servant


BENVOLIO

At this same ancient feast of Capulet's
ancient, aunchient (adj.) 1 long-established, long-standing

Sups the fair Rosaline whom thou so loves,
sup (v.) 1 have supper See Topics: Frequency count

With all the admired beauties of Verona.
admired (adj.) 2 regarded with admiration, wondered at

Go thither, and, with unattainted eye
unattainted (adj.) dispassionate, detached, unprejudiced

Compare her face with some that I shall show,

And I will make thee think thy swan a crow.


ROMEO

When the devout religion of mine eye
religion (n.) 1 religious observance, spiritual duty, obligation

Maintains such falsehood, then turn tears to fires;

And these, who often drowned, could never die,

Transparent heretics, be burnt for liars!

One fairer than my love? The all-seeing sun

Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun.


BENVOLIO

Tut, you saw her fair, none else being by,

Herself poised with herself in either eye.
poise (v.) balance, weigh, make even

But in that crystal scales let there be weighed

Your lady's love against some other maid

That I will show you shining at this feast,

And she shall scant show well that now seems best.
scant (adv.) scarcely, barely, hardly


ROMEO

I'll go along, no such sight to be shown,

But to rejoice in splendour of mine own.

Exeunt

 
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