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Romeo and Juliet
Act 4, scene 2

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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 2
Enter Father Capulet, Mother, Nurse, and Servingmen,
two or three.


CAPULET 
 So many guests invite as here are writ.
One or two of the Servingmen exit
with Capulet’s list.

 Sirrah, go hire me twenty cunning cooks.
SERVINGMAN You shall have none ill, sir, for I’ll try if
 they can lick their fingers.
CAPULET 5How 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.Servingman exits.
10 We shall be much unfurnished for this time.—
 What, is my daughter gone to Friar Lawrence?
NURSE Ay, forsooth.
CAPULET 
 Well, he may chance to do some good on her.
 A peevish self-willed harlotry it is.

Enter Juliet.

NURSE 
15 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
20 To you and your behests, and am enjoined
 By holy Lawrence to fall prostrate hereKneeling.
 To beg your pardon. Pardon, I beseech you.
 Henceforward I am ever ruled by you.

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ACT 4. SC. 2

CAPULET 
 Send for the County. Go tell him of this.
25 I’ll have this knot knit up tomorrow morning.
JULIET 
 I met the youthful lord at Lawrence’ cell
 And gave him what becomèd love I might,
 Not stepping o’er the bounds of modesty.
CAPULET 
 Why, I am glad on ’t. This is well. Stand up.
Juliet rises.
30 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.
JULIET 
 Nurse, will you go with me into my closet
35 To help me sort such needful ornaments
 As you think fit to furnish me tomorrow?
LADY CAPULET 
 No, not till Thursday. There is time enough.
CAPULET 
 Go, nurse. Go with her. We’ll to church tomorrow.
Juliet and the Nurse exit.
LADY CAPULET 
 We shall be short in our provision.
40 ’Tis now near night.
CAPULET  Tush, I will stir about,
 And all things shall be well, I warrant thee, wife.
 Go thou to Juliet. Help to deck up her.
 I’ll not to bed tonight. Let me alone.
45 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
 Against tomorrow. My heart is wondrous light
 Since this same wayward girl is so reclaimed.
They exit.