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Romeo and Juliet
Act 2, scene 1

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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 1
Enter Romeo alone.

ROMEO 
 Can I go forward when my heart is here?
 Turn back, dull earth, and find thy center out.
He withdraws.

Enter Benvolio with Mercutio.
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BENVOLIO 
 Romeo, my cousin Romeo, Romeo!
MERCUTIO He is wise
5 And, on my life, hath stol’n him home to bed.
BENVOLIO 
 He ran this way and leapt this orchard wall.
 Call, good Mercutio.
MERCUTIO  Nay, I’ll conjure too.
 Romeo! Humors! Madman! Passion! Lover!
10 Appear thou in the likeness of a sigh.
 Speak but one rhyme and I am satisfied.
 Cry but “Ay me,” pronounce but “love” and
 “dove.”
 Speak to my gossip Venus one fair word,
15 One nickname for her purblind son and heir,
 Young Abraham Cupid, he that shot so trim
 When King Cophetua loved the beggar maid.—
 He heareth not, he stirreth not, he moveth not.
 The ape is dead, and I must conjure him.—
20 I conjure thee by Rosaline’s bright eyes,
 By her high forehead, and her scarlet lip,
 By her fine foot, straight leg, and quivering thigh,
 And the demesnes that there adjacent lie,
 That in thy likeness thou appear to us.
BENVOLIO 
25 An if he hear thee, thou wilt anger him.
MERCUTIO 
 This cannot anger him. ’Twould anger him
 To raise a spirit in his mistress’ circle
 Of some strange nature, letting it there stand
 Till she had laid it and conjured it down.
30 That were some spite. My invocation
 Is fair and honest. In his mistress’ name,
 I conjure only but to raise up him.
BENVOLIO 
 Come, he hath hid himself among these trees

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 To be consorted with the humorous night.
35 Blind is his love and best befits the dark.
MERCUTIO 
 If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark.
 Now will he sit under a medlar tree
 And wish his mistress were that kind of fruit
 As maids call medlars when they laugh alone.—
40 O Romeo, that she were, O, that she were
 An open-arse, thou a pop’rin pear.
 Romeo, good night. I’ll to my truckle bed;
 This field-bed is too cold for me to sleep.—
 Come, shall we go?
BENVOLIO 45 Go, then, for ’tis in vain
 To seek him here that means not to be found.
They exit.