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Romeo and Juliet
Act 1, scene 3

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The prologue of Romeo and Juliet calls the title characters “star-crossed lovers”—and the stars do seem to conspire against these young lovers….

Prologue

Act 1, scene 1

A street fight breaks out between the Montagues and the Capulets, which is broken up by the ruler of Verona,…

Act 1, scene 2

In conversation with Capulet, Count Paris declares his wish to marry Juliet. Capulet invites him to a party that night….

Act 1, scene 3

Lady Capulet informs Juliet of Paris’s marriage proposal and praises him extravagantly. Juliet says that she has not even dreamed…

Act 1, scene 4

Romeo and Benvolio approach the Capulets’ party with their friend Mercutio and others, wearing the disguises customarily donned by “maskers.”…

Act 1, scene 5

Capulet welcomes the disguised Romeo and his friends. Romeo, watching the dance, is caught by the beauty of Juliet. Overhearing…

Act 2, chorus

Again the Chorus’s speech is in the form of a sonnet.

Act 2, scene 1

Romeo finds himself so in love with Juliet that he cannot leave her. He scales a wall and enters Capulet’s…

Act 2, scene 2

From Capulet’s garden Romeo overhears Juliet express her love for him. When he answers her, they acknowledge their love and…

Act 2, scene 3

Determined to marry Juliet, Romeo hurries to Friar Lawrence. The Friar agrees to marry them, expressing the hope that the…

Act 2, scene 4

Mercutio and Benvolio meet the newly enthusiastic Romeo in the street. Romeo defeats Mercutio in a battle of wits. The…

Act 2, scene 5

Juliet waits impatiently for the Nurse to return. Her impatience grows when the Nurse, having returned, is slow to deliver…

Act 2, scene 6

Juliet meets Romeo at Friar Lawrence’s cell. After expressing their mutual love, they exit with the Friar to be married.

Act 3, scene 1

Mercutio and Benvolio encounter Tybalt on the street. As soon as Romeo arrives, Tybalt tries to provoke him to fight….

Act 3, scene 2

Juliet longs for Romeo to come to her. The Nurse arrives with the news that Romeo has killed Tybalt and…

Act 3, scene 3

Friar Lawrence tells Romeo that his punishment for killing Tybalt is banishment, not death. Romeo responds that death is preferable…

Act 3, scene 4

Paris again approaches Capulet about marrying Juliet. Capulet, saying that Juliet will do as she is told, promises Paris that…

Act 3, scene 5

Romeo and Juliet separate at the first light of day. Almost immediately her mother comes to announce that Juliet must…

Act 4, scene 1

Paris is talking with Friar Lawrence about the coming wedding when Juliet arrives. After Paris leaves, she threatens suicide if…

Act 4, scene 2

Capulet energetically directs preparations for the wedding. When Juliet returns from Friar Lawrence and pretends to have learned obedience, Capulet…

Act 4, scene 3

Juliet sends the Nurse away for the night. After facing her terror at the prospect of awaking in her family’s…

Act 4, scene 4

The Capulets and the Nurse stay up all night to get ready for the wedding. Capulet, hearing Paris approach with…

Act 4, scene 5

The Nurse finds Juliet in the deathlike trance caused by the Friar’s potion and announces Juliet’s death. Juliet’s parents and…

Act 5, scene 1

Romeo’s man, Balthasar, arrives in Mantua with news of Juliet’s death. Romeo sends him to hire horses for their immediate…

Act 5, scene 2

Friar John enters, bringing with him the letter that he was to have delivered to Romeo. He tells why he…

Act 5, scene 3

Paris visits Juliet’s tomb and, when Romeo arrives, challenges him. Romeo and Paris fight and Paris is killed. Romeo, in…

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Scene 3
Enter Lady Capulet and Nurse.

LADY CAPULET 
 Nurse, where’s my daughter? Call her forth to me.
NURSE 
 Now, by my maidenhead at twelve year old,
 I bade her come.—What, lamb! What, ladybird!
 God forbid. Where’s this girl? What, Juliet!

Enter Juliet.


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JULIET 5How now, who calls?
NURSE Your mother.
JULIET 
 Madam, I am here. What is your will?
LADY CAPULET 
 This is the matter.—Nurse, give leave awhile.
 We must talk in secret.—Nurse, come back again.
10 I have remembered me, thou ’s hear our counsel.
 Thou knowest my daughter’s of a pretty age.
NURSE 
 Faith, I can tell her age unto an hour.
LADY CAPULET She’s not fourteen.
NURSE I’ll lay fourteen of my teeth (and yet, to my teen
15 be it spoken, I have but four) she’s not fourteen.
 How long is it now to Lammastide?
LADY CAPULET A fortnight and odd days.
NURSE 
 Even or odd, of all days in the year,
 Come Lammas Eve at night shall she be fourteen.
20 Susan and she (God rest all Christian souls!)
 Were of an age. Well, Susan is with God;
 She was too good for me. But, as I said,
 On Lammas Eve at night shall she be fourteen.
 That shall she. Marry, I remember it well.
25 ’Tis since the earthquake now eleven years,
 And she was weaned (I never shall forget it)
 Of all the days of the year, upon that day.
 For I had then laid wormwood to my dug,
 Sitting in the sun under the dovehouse wall.
30 My lord and you were then at Mantua.
 Nay, I do bear a brain. But, as I said,
 When it did taste the wormwood on the nipple
 Of my dug and felt it bitter, pretty fool,
 To see it tetchy and fall out with the dug.
35 “Shake,” quoth the dovehouse. ’Twas no need, I
 trow,

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 To bid me trudge.
 And since that time it is eleven years.
 For then she could stand high-lone. Nay, by th’
40 rood,
 She could have run and waddled all about,
 For even the day before, she broke her brow,
 And then my husband (God be with his soul,
 He was a merry man) took up the child.
45 “Yea,” quoth he, “Dost thou fall upon thy face?
 Thou wilt fall backward when thou hast more wit,
 Wilt thou not, Jule?” And, by my holidam,
 The pretty wretch left crying and said “Ay.”
 To see now how a jest shall come about!
50 I warrant, an I should live a thousand years,
 I never should forget it. “Wilt thou not, Jule?”
 quoth he.
 And, pretty fool, it stinted and said “Ay.”
LADY CAPULET 
 Enough of this. I pray thee, hold thy peace.
NURSE 
55 Yes, madam, yet I cannot choose but laugh
 To think it should leave crying and say “Ay.”
 And yet, I warrant, it had upon its brow
 A bump as big as a young cock’rel’s stone,
 A perilous knock, and it cried bitterly.
60 “Yea,” quoth my husband. “Fall’st upon thy face?
 Thou wilt fall backward when thou comest to age,
 Wilt thou not, Jule?” It stinted and said “Ay.”
JULIET 
 And stint thou, too, I pray thee, nurse, say I.
NURSE 
 Peace. I have done. God mark thee to his grace,
65 Thou wast the prettiest babe that e’er I nursed.
 An I might live to see thee married once,
 I have my wish.

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LADY CAPULET 
 Marry, that “marry” is the very theme
 I came to talk of.—Tell me, daughter Juliet,
70 How stands your disposition to be married?
JULIET 
 It is an honor that I dream not of.
NURSE 
 An honor? Were not I thine only nurse,
 I would say thou hadst sucked wisdom from thy
 teat.
LADY CAPULET 
75 Well, think of marriage now. Younger than you
 Here in Verona, ladies of esteem,
 Are made already mothers. By my count
 I was your mother much upon these years
 That you are now a maid. Thus, then, in brief:
80 The valiant Paris seeks you for his love.
NURSE 
 A man, young lady—lady, such a man
 As all the world—why, he’s a man of wax.
LADY CAPULET 
 Verona’s summer hath not such a flower.
NURSE 
 Nay, he’s a flower, in faith, a very flower.
LADY CAPULET 
85 What say you? Can you love the gentleman?
 This night you shall behold him at our feast.
 Read o’er the volume of young Paris’ face,
 And find delight writ there with beauty’s pen.
 Examine every married lineament
90 And see how one another lends content,
 And what obscured in this fair volume lies
 Find written in the margent of his eyes.
 This precious book of love, this unbound lover,
 To beautify him only lacks a cover.
95 The fish lives in the sea, and ’tis much pride

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 For fair without the fair within to hide.
 That book in many’s eyes doth share the glory
 That in gold clasps locks in the golden story.
 So shall you share all that he doth possess
100 By having him, making yourself no less.
NURSE 
 No less? Nay, bigger. Women grow by men.
LADY CAPULET 
 Speak briefly. Can you like of Paris’ love?
JULIET 
 I’ll look to like, if looking liking move.
 But no more deep will I endart mine eye
105 Than your consent gives strength to make it fly.

Enter Servingman.

SERVINGMAN Madam, the guests are come, supper
 served up, you called, my young lady asked for, the
 Nurse cursed in the pantry, and everything in
 extremity. I must hence to wait. I beseech you,
110 follow straight.
LADY CAPULET 
 We follow thee.Servingman exits.
 Juliet, the County stays.
NURSE 
 Go, girl, seek happy nights to happy days.
They exit.