Romeo and Juliet


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Lady Capulet and Nurse, with herbs


LADY CAPULET

Hold, take these keys and fetch more spices, Nurse.


NURSE

They call for dates and quinces in the pastry.
pastry (n.) pastry-making part of the kitchen

Enter Capulet


CAPULET

Come, stir, stir, stir! The second cock hath crowed.

The curfew bell hath rung. 'Tis three o'clock.

Look to the baked meats, good Angelica.
baked meats (n.) pies, pastries

Spare not for cost.
cost (n.) 1 outlay, expense, expenditure
cot-quean (n.) man acting the housewife, meddler in household affairs


NURSE

                         Go, you cot-quean, go.

Get you to bed! Faith, you'll be sick tomorrow

For this night's watching.
watching (n.) wakefulness, sleeplessness, vigilance


CAPULET

No, not a whit. What! I have watched ere now
watch (v.) 1 stay awake, keep vigil

All night for lesser cause, and ne'er been sick.


LADY CAPULET

Ay, you have been a mouse-hunt in your time.
mouse-hunt (n.) mouse-hunter; prowler, pursuer of women

But I will watch you from such watching now.

Exeunt Lady Capulet and Nurse


CAPULET

A jealous hood, a jealous hood!
hood (n.) [unclear meaning] head-covering, bonnet
jealous-hood (n.) [unclear meaning] state of being jealous

Enter three or four Servingmen with spits and logs and

baskets

                         Now, fellow,

What is there?


FIRST SERVINGMAN

Things for the cook, sir; but I know not what.


CAPULET

Make haste, make haste.

Exit First Servingman

                         Sirrah, fetch drier logs.

Call Peter. He will show thee where they are.


SECOND SERVINGMAN

I have a head, sir, that will find out logs

And never trouble Peter for the matter.


CAPULET

Mass! and well said. A merry whoreson, ha!
whoreson (n.) [son of a whore; serious or jocular term of abuse] fellow, bastard

Thou shalt be loggerhead.

Exit Second Servingman
loggerhead (n.) blockhead, numbskull, dolt

                         Good Father! 'tis day.

The County will be here with music straight,
county (n.) 1 [title of rank] count
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

For so he said he would.

Music plays

                         I hear him near.

Nurse! Wife! What, ho! What, Nurse, I say!

Enter Nurse
trim up, trim (v.) 1 decorate, array, deck out

Go waken Juliet. Go and trim her up.

I'll go and chat with Paris. Hie, make haste,
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count

Make haste! The bridegroom he is come already.

Make haste, I say.

Exit Capulet

 
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