Romeo and Juliet


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Juliet


JULIET

The clock struck nine when I did send the Nurse.

In half an hour she promised to return.

Perchance she cannot meet him. That's not so.
perchance (adv.) 1 perhaps, maybe See Topics: Frequency count

O, she is lame! Love's heralds should be thoughts,

Which ten times faster glides than the sun's beams,

Driving back shadows over louring hills.
louring (adj.) 1 gloomy, threatening, dark

Therefore do nimble-pinioned doves draw love,

And therefore hath the wind-swift Cupid wings.
wind-swift (adj.) swift as the wind

Now is the sun upon the highmost hill
highmost, high-most (adj.) highest, topmost

Of this day's journey, and from nine till twelve

Is three long hours, yet she is not come.

Had she affections and warm youthful blood,
affection (n.) 3 desire, passion, lustful feeling

She would be as swift in motion as a ball.

My words would bandy her to my sweet love,
bandy (v.) 3 drive, strike, toss back

And his to me.

But old folks, many feign as they were dead –
feign (v.) 2 make appear, put on a demeanour

Unwieldy, slow, heavy and pale as lead.
heavy (adj.) 7 slow-moving, sluggish, laggard

Enter Nurse and Peter

O God, she comes! O honey Nurse, what news?

Hast thou met with him? Send thy man away.


NURSE

Peter, stay at the gate.
stay (v.) 2 linger, tarry, delay

Exit Peter


JULIET

Now, good sweet Nurse – O Lord, why lookest thou sad?
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn See Topics: Frequency count

Though news be sad, yet tell them merrily.

If good, thou shamest the music of sweet news

By playing it to me with so sour a face.


NURSE

I am aweary. Give me leave a while.

Fie, how my bones ache! What a jaunce have I!
jaunce (n.) jaunt, fatiguing journey


JULIET

I would thou hadst my bones, and I thy news.

Nay, come, I pray thee speak. Good, good Nurse, speak.


NURSE

Jesu, what haste! Can you not stay a while?
stay (v.) 2 linger, tarry, delay

Do you not see that I am out of breath?


JULIET

How art thou out of breath when thou hast breath

To say to me that thou art out of breath?

The excuse that thou dost make in this delay

Is longer than the tale thou dost excuse.

Is thy news good or bad? Answer to that.

Say either, and I'll stay the circumstance.
circumstance (n.) 1 detail(s), particular(s), specifics

Let me be satisfied, is't good or bad?


NURSE

Well, you have made a simple choice. You know
simple (adj.) 2 foolish, silly, stupid

not how to choose a man. Romeo? No, not he. Though

his face be better than any man's, yet his leg excels all

men's; and for a hand and a foot, and a body, though

they be not to be talked on, yet they are past compare.

He is not the flower of courtesy, but, I'll warrant him, as
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count

gentle as a lamb. Go thy ways, wench. Serve God. What,
wench (n.) girl, lass See Topics: Frequency count

have you dined at home?


JULIET

No, no. But all this did I know before.

What says he of our marriage? What of that?


NURSE

Lord, how my head aches! What a head have I!

It beats as it would fall in twenty pieces.

My back a't' other side – ah, my back, my back!

Beshrew your heart for sending me about
beshrew, 'shrew (v.) 1 curse, devil take, evil befall See Topics: Frequency count

To catch my death with jauncing up and down!
jaunce (v.) jaunt, trudge about, run around


JULIET

I'faith, I am sorry that thou art not well.

Sweet, sweet, sweet Nurse, tell me, what says my love?


NURSE

Your love says, like an honest gentleman, and a
honest (adj.) 2 honourable, respectable, upright

courteous, and a kind, and a handsome, and, I warrant,

a virtuous – Where is your mother?


JULIET

Where is my mother? Why, she is within.

Where should she be? How oddly thou repliest!

‘ Your love says, like an honest gentleman,

“ Where is your mother? ”’


NURSE

                         O God's Lady dear!

Are you so hot? Marry come up, I trow.
hot (adj.) 2 enthusiastic, ardent, eager, keen

Is this the poultice for my aching bones?

Henceforward do your messages yourself.


JULIET

Here's such a coil! Come, what says Romeo?
coil (n.) turmoil, disturbance, fuss


NURSE

Have you got leave to go to shrift today?
shrift (n.) 1 confession


JULIET

I have.


NURSE

Then hie you hence to Friar Laurence' cell.
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count

There stays a husband to make you a wife.

Now comes the wanton blood up in your cheeks.
wanton (adj.) 3 unrestrained, undisciplined, boisterous, uncontrolled

They'll be in scarlet straight at any news.
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

Hie you to church. I must another way,
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count

To fetch a ladder, by the which your love

Must climb a bird's nest soon when it is dark.
climb (v.) reach, attain, achieve

I am the drudge, and toil in your delight.

But you shall bear the burden soon at night.

Go. I'll to dinner. Hie you to the cell.
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count


JULIET

Hie to high fortune! Honest Nurse, farewell.
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count

Exeunt

 
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