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Romeo and Juliet
Act 4, scene 4

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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 4
Enter Lady Capulet and Nurse.

LADY CAPULET 
 Hold, take these keys, and fetch more spices, nurse.
NURSE 
 They call for dates and quinces in the pastry.

Enter old Capulet.

CAPULET 
 Come, stir, stir, stir! The second cock hath crowed.
 The curfew bell hath rung. ’Tis three o’clock.—
5 Look to the baked meats, good Angelica.
 Spare not for cost.
NURSE  Go, you cot-quean, go,
 Get you to bed. Faith, you’ll be sick tomorrow
 For this night’s watching.
CAPULET 
10 No, not a whit. What, I have watched ere now
 All night for lesser cause, and ne’er been sick.
LADY CAPULET 
 Ay, you have been a mouse-hunt in your time,
 But I will watch you from such watching now.
Lady Capulet and Nurse exit.
CAPULET 
 A jealous hood, a jealous hood!

Enter three or four Servingmen with spits and logs
and baskets.


15 Now fellow,
 What is there?
FIRST SERVINGMAN 
 Things for the cook, sir, but I know not what.
CAPULET 
 Make haste, make haste.First Servingman exits.
 Sirrah, fetch drier logs.
20 Call Peter. He will show thee where they are.

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ACT 4. SC. 5

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!
 Thou shalt be loggerhead.
Second Servingman exits.
25 Good faith, ’tis day.
 The County will be here with music straight,
Play music.
 For so he said he would. I hear him near.—
 Nurse!—Wife! What ho!—What, nurse, I say!

Enter Nurse.

 Go waken Juliet. Go and trim her up.
30 I’ll go and chat with Paris. Hie, make haste,
 Make haste. The bridegroom he is come already.
 Make haste, I say.
He exits.