Romeo and Juliet


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter old Capulet, his wife, and Paris
fall out (v.) turn out, happen, come to pass


CAPULET

Things have fallen out, sir, so unluckily

That we have had no time to move our daughter.
move (v.) 5 persuade, influence, talk encouragingly to

Look you, she loved her kinsman Tybalt dearly,

And so did I. Well, we were born to die.

'Tis very late. She'll not come down tonight.

I promise you, but for your company,
promise (v.) 1 assure, declare [to], tell plainly

I would have been abed an hour ago.


PARIS

These times of woe afford no times to woo.

Madam, good night. Commend me to your daughter.
commend (v.) 1 convey greetings, present kind regards See Topics: Frequency count


LADY CAPULET

I will, and know her mind early tomorrow.

Tonight she's mewed up to her heaviness.
heaviness (n.) 1 sadness, grief, sorrow
mew up (v.) coop up, confine, shut up

Paris offers to go in and Capulet calls him again
desperate (adj.) 4 deadly serious, bold, steadfast
offer (v.) 1 attempt, start, try, make a move
tender (n.) 2 proposal of marriage, offer of betrothal


CAPULET

Sir Paris, I will make a desperate tender

Of my child's love. I think she will be ruled

In all respects by me. Nay more, I doubt it not.

Wife, go you to her ere you go to bed.

Acquaint her here of my son Paris' love,

And bid her – mark you me? – on Wednesday next –
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count

But soft! what day is this?


PARIS

                         Monday, my lord.


CAPULET

Monday! Ha, ha! Well, Wednesday is too soon.

A' Thursday let it be. A' Thursday, tell her,

She shall be married to this noble earl.
earl (n.) lord, peer, nobleman

Will you be ready? Do you like this haste?

We'll keep no great ado – a friend or two.
ado (n.) fuss, business, to-do

For hark you, Tybalt being slain so late,
late (adv.) recently, a little while ago / before

It may be thought we held him carelessly,
carelessly (adv.) 2 in little esteem, in low regard

Being our kinsman, if we revel much.

Therefore we'll have some half a dozen friends,

And there an end. But what say you to Thursday?


PARIS

My lord, I would that Thursday were tomorrow.


CAPULET

Well, get you gone. A' Thursday be it, then.

Go you to Juliet ere you go to bed.

Prepare her, wife, against this wedding day.

Farewell, my lord. – Light to my chamber, ho!

Afore me, it is so very late that we

May call it early by and by. Good night.
by and by (adv.) 2 shortly, soon, before long

Exeunt

 
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