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Romeo and Juliet
Act 3, 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 Friar Lawrence.

FRIAR LAWRENCE 
 Romeo, come forth; come forth, thou fearful man.
 Affliction is enamored of thy parts,
 And thou art wedded to calamity.

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Enter Romeo.

ROMEO 
 Father, what news? What is the Prince’s doom?
5 What sorrow craves acquaintance at my hand
 That I yet know not?
FRIAR LAWRENCE  Too familiar
 Is my dear son with such sour company.
 I bring thee tidings of the Prince’s doom.
ROMEO 
10 What less than doomsday is the Prince’s doom?
FRIAR LAWRENCE 
 A gentler judgment vanished from his lips:
 Not body’s death, but body’s banishment.
ROMEO 
 Ha, banishment? Be merciful, say “death,”
 For exile hath more terror in his look,
15 Much more than death. Do not say “banishment.”
FRIAR LAWRENCE 
 Here from Verona art thou banishèd.
 Be patient, for the world is broad and wide.
ROMEO 
 There is no world without Verona walls
 But purgatory, torture, hell itself.
20 Hence “banishèd” is “banished from the world,”
 And world’s exile is death. Then “banishèd”
 Is death mistermed. Calling death “banishèd,”
 Thou cutt’st my head off with a golden ax
 And smilest upon the stroke that murders me.
FRIAR LAWRENCE 
25 O deadly sin, O rude unthankfulness!
 Thy fault our law calls death, but the kind prince,
 Taking thy part, hath rushed aside the law
 And turned that black word “death” to
 “banishment.”
30 This is dear mercy, and thou seest it not.

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ROMEO 
 ’Tis torture and not mercy. Heaven is here
 Where Juliet lives, and every cat and dog
 And little mouse, every unworthy thing,
 Live here in heaven and may look on her,
35 But Romeo may not. More validity,
 More honorable state, more courtship lives
 In carrion flies than Romeo. They may seize
 On the white wonder of dear Juliet’s hand
 And steal immortal blessing from her lips,
40 Who even in pure and vestal modesty
 Still blush, as thinking their own kisses sin;
 But Romeo may not; he is banishèd.
 Flies may do this, but I from this must fly.
 They are free men, but I am banishèd.
45 And sayest thou yet that exile is not death?
 Hadst thou no poison mixed, no sharp-ground
 knife,
 No sudden mean of death, though ne’er so mean,
 But “banishèd” to kill me? “Banishèd”?
50 O friar, the damnèd use that word in hell.
 Howling attends it. How hast thou the heart,
 Being a divine, a ghostly confessor,
 A sin absolver, and my friend professed,
 To mangle me with that word “banishèd”?
FRIAR LAWRENCE 
55 Thou fond mad man, hear me a little speak.
ROMEO 
 O, thou wilt speak again of banishment.
FRIAR LAWRENCE 
 I’ll give thee armor to keep off that word,
 Adversity’s sweet milk, philosophy,
 To comfort thee, though thou art banishèd.
ROMEO 
60 Yet “banishèd”? Hang up philosophy.
 Unless philosophy can make a Juliet,

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 Displant a town, reverse a prince’s doom,
 It helps not, it prevails not. Talk no more.
FRIAR LAWRENCE 
 O, then I see that madmen have no ears.
ROMEO 
65 How should they when that wise men have no eyes?
FRIAR LAWRENCE 
 Let me dispute with thee of thy estate.
ROMEO 
 Thou canst not speak of that thou dost not feel.
 Wert thou as young as I, Juliet thy love,
 An hour but married, Tybalt murderèd,
70 Doting like me, and like me banishèd,
 Then mightst thou speak, then mightst thou tear thy
 hair
 And fall upon the ground as I do now,
Romeo throws himself down.
 Taking the measure of an unmade grave.
Knock within.
FRIAR LAWRENCE 
75 Arise. One knocks. Good Romeo, hide thyself.
ROMEO 
 Not I, unless the breath of heartsick groans,
 Mistlike, enfold me from the search of eyes.
Knock.
FRIAR LAWRENCE 
 Hark, how they knock!—Who’s there?—Romeo,
 arise.
80 Thou wilt be taken.—Stay awhile.—Stand up.
Knock.
 Run to my study.—By and by.—God’s will,
 What simpleness is this?—I come, I come.
Knock.
 Who knocks so hard? Whence come you? What’s
 your will?

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NURSE, within 
85 Let me come in, and you shall know my errand.
 I come from Lady Juliet.
FRIAR LAWRENCE, admitting the Nurse 
 Welcome, then.

Enter Nurse.

NURSE 
 O holy friar, O, tell me, holy friar,
 Where’s my lady’s lord? Where’s Romeo?
FRIAR LAWRENCE 
90 There on the ground, with his own tears made
 drunk.
NURSE 
 O, he is even in my mistress’ case,
 Just in her case. O woeful sympathy!
 Piteous predicament! Even so lies she,
95 Blubb’ring and weeping, weeping and blubb’ring.—
 Stand up, stand up. Stand an you be a man.
 For Juliet’s sake, for her sake, rise and stand.
 Why should you fall into so deep an O?
ROMEO Nurse.
NURSE 
100 Ah sir, ah sir, death’s the end of all.
ROMEO, rising up 
 Spakest thou of Juliet? How is it with her?
 Doth not she think me an old murderer,
 Now I have stained the childhood of our joy
 With blood removed but little from her own?
105 Where is she? And how doth she? And what says
 My concealed lady to our canceled love?
NURSE 
 O, she says nothing, sir, but weeps and weeps,
 And now falls on her bed, and then starts up,
 And “Tybalt” calls, and then on Romeo cries,
110 And then down falls again.

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ROMEO  As if that name,
 Shot from the deadly level of a gun,
 Did murder her, as that name’s cursèd hand
 Murdered her kinsman.—O, tell me, friar, tell me,
115 In what vile part of this anatomy
 Doth my name lodge? Tell me, that I may sack
 The hateful mansion.He draws his dagger.
FRIAR LAWRENCE  Hold thy desperate hand!
 Art thou a man? Thy form cries out thou art.
120 Thy tears are womanish; thy wild acts denote
 The unreasonable fury of a beast.
 Unseemly woman in a seeming man,
 And ill-beseeming beast in seeming both!
 Thou hast amazed me. By my holy order,
125 I thought thy disposition better tempered.
 Hast thou slain Tybalt? Wilt thou slay thyself,
 And slay thy lady that in thy life lives,
 By doing damnèd hate upon thyself?
 Why railest thou on thy birth, the heaven, and earth,
130 Since birth and heaven and earth all three do meet
 In thee at once, which thou at once wouldst lose?
 Fie, fie, thou shamest thy shape, thy love, thy wit,
 Which, like a usurer, abound’st in all
 And usest none in that true use indeed
135 Which should bedeck thy shape, thy love, thy wit.
 Thy noble shape is but a form of wax,
 Digressing from the valor of a man;
 Thy dear love sworn but hollow perjury,
 Killing that love which thou hast vowed to cherish;
140 Thy wit, that ornament to shape and love,
 Misshapen in the conduct of them both,
 Like powder in a skilless soldier’s flask,
 Is set afire by thine own ignorance,
 And thou dismembered with thine own defense.
145 What, rouse thee, man! Thy Juliet is alive,
 For whose dear sake thou wast but lately dead:

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 There art thou happy. Tybalt would kill thee,
 But thou slewest Tybalt: there art thou happy.
 The law that threatened death becomes thy friend
150 And turns it to exile: there art thou happy.
 A pack of blessings light upon thy back;
 Happiness courts thee in her best array;
 But, like a misbehaved and sullen wench,
 Thou pouts upon thy fortune and thy love.
155 Take heed, take heed, for such die miserable.
 Go, get thee to thy love, as was decreed.
 Ascend her chamber. Hence and comfort her.
 But look thou stay not till the watch be set,
 For then thou canst not pass to Mantua,
160 Where thou shalt live till we can find a time
 To blaze your marriage, reconcile your friends,
 Beg pardon of the Prince, and call thee back
 With twenty hundred thousand times more joy
 Than thou went’st forth in lamentation.—
165 Go before, nurse. Commend me to thy lady,
 And bid her hasten all the house to bed,
 Which heavy sorrow makes them apt unto.
 Romeo is coming.
NURSE 
 O Lord, I could have stayed here all the night
170 To hear good counsel. O, what learning is!—
 My lord, I’ll tell my lady you will come.
ROMEO 
 Do so, and bid my sweet prepare to chide.
NURSE 
 Here, sir, a ring she bid me give you, sir.
Nurse gives Romeo a ring.
 Hie you, make haste, for it grows very late.
She exits.
ROMEO 
175 How well my comfort is revived by this!

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FRIAR LAWRENCE 
 Go hence, good night—and here stands all your
 state:
 Either be gone before the watch be set
 Or by the break of day disguised from hence.
180 Sojourn in Mantua. I’ll find out your man,
 And he shall signify from time to time
 Every good hap to you that chances here.
 Give me thy hand. ’Tis late. Farewell. Good night.
ROMEO 
 But that a joy past joy calls out on me,
185 It were a grief so brief to part with thee.
 Farewell.
They exit.