Romeo and Juliet


Text

Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Capulet, Lady Capulet, Nurse, and two or three

Servingmen


CAPULET

So many guests invite as here are writ.

Exit a Servingman

Sirrah, go hire me twenty cunning cooks.
cunning (adj.) 1 knowledgeable, skilful, clever


SERVINGMAN

You shall have none ill, sir. For I'll try if
ill (adj.) 3 poor, inadequate, miserable
try (v.) 1 prove, ascertain, find out

they can lick their fingers.


CAPULET

How! Canst thou try them so?


SERVINGMAN

Marry, sir, 'tis an ill cook that cannot lick

his own fingers. Therefore he that cannot lick his fingers

goes not with me.


CAPULET

Go, begone.

Exit Servingman

We shall be much unfurnished for this time.
unfurnished (adj.) 1 unprepared, unready

What, is my daughter gone to Friar Laurence?


NURSE

Ay, forsooth.
forsooth (adv.) in truth, certainly, truly, indeed See Topics: Frequency count


CAPULET

Well, he may chance to do some good on her.

A peevish self-willed harlotry it is.
harlotry (n.) 2 [affectionate] little wretch, baggage
peevish (adj.) 2 obstinate, perverse, self-willed [contrast modern sense of ‘irritable, morose’]

Enter Juliet
shrift (n.) 1 confession


NURSE

See where she comes from shrift with merry look.


CAPULET

How now, my headstrong! Where have you been gadding?


JULIET

Where I have learned me to repent the sin

Of disobedient opposition

To you and your behests, and am enjoined
behest (n.) command, bidding, decree

By holy Laurence to fall prostrate here

To beg your pardon. Pardon, I beseech you!

Henceforward I am ever ruled by you.


CAPULET

Send for the County. Go tell him of this.
county (n.) 1 [title of rank] count

I'll have this knot knit up tomorrow morning.


JULIET

I met the youthful lord at Laurence' cell

And gave him what becomed love I might,
becomed (adj.) becoming, befitting, appropriate

Not step o'er the bounds of modesty.


CAPULET

Why, I am glad on't. This is well. Stand up.

This is as't should be. Let me see, the County.

Ay, marry, go, I say, and fetch him hither.

Now, afore God, this reverend holy Friar,

All our whole city is much bound to him.
bound (adj.) 1 obliged, indebted, under an obligation


JULIET

Nurse, will you go with me into my closet
closet (n.) 1 private chamber, study, own room

To help me sort such needful ornaments

As you think fit to furnish me tomorrow?
furnish (v.) 3 dress, clothe, equip, fit out


LADY CAPULET

No, not till Thursday. There is time enough.


CAPULET

Go, Nurse, go with her. We'll to church tomorrow.

Exeunt Juliet and Nurse


LADY CAPULET

We shall be short in our provision.

'Tis now near night.


CAPULET

                         Tush, I will stir about,

And all things shall be well, I warrant thee, wife.
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count

Go thou to Juliet, help to deck up her.
deck up (v.) array, attire, adorn

I'll not to bed tonight. Let me alone.

I'll play the housewife for this once. What, ho!

They are all forth. Well, I will walk myself

To County Paris, to prepare up him
prepare up (v.) prepare, put in readiness

Against tomorrow. My heart is wondrous light,
light (adj.) 2 joyful, merry, light-hearted

Since this same wayward girl is so reclaimed.
reclaim (v.) 1 subdue, tame, make obedient

Exeunt

 
  Previous scene     Next scene