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Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Act 4, Scene 2 Easiest-to-Read Edition

 

 

 

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Romeo and Juliet Act 4, Scene 2



A hall in the Capulets' house

Enter CAPULET, LADY CAPULET, NURSE, and two or three SERVINGMEN

Enter CAPULET, LADY CAPULET, NURSE, and two or three SERVINGMEN

CAPULET

(gives paper to FIRST SERVINGMAN) So many guests invite as here are writ.

 

CAPULET

(gives paper to FIRST SERVINGMAN) So many guests invite as here are writ.

 

Exit FIRST SERVINGMAN

Exit FIRST SERVINGMAN

(to SECOND SERVINGMAN) Sirrah, go hire me twenty cunning cooks.

cunning=skilled

(to SECOND SERVINGMAN) Sirrah, go hire me twenty cunning cooks.

SECOND SERVINGMAN

You shall have none ill, sir, for I’ll try if they can lick their fingers.

 

SECOND SERVINGMAN

You shall have none ill, sir, for I’ll try if they can lick their fingers.

 

CAPULET

How canst thou try them so?

 

CAPULET

How canst thou try them so?

 

SECOND SERVINGMAN

Marry, sir, “’tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.” Therefore he that cannot lick his fingers goes not with me.

 

SECOND 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, be gone.

We shall be much unfurnished for this time.

unfurnished for this time=unprepared for Thursday (the wedding day)

 

CAPULET

Go, be gone.

We shall be much unfurnished for this time.

 

Exit SECOND SERVINGMAN

Exit SECOND SERVINGMAN

What, is my daughter gone to Friar Lawrence?

What, is my daughter gone to Friar Lawrence?

NURSE

Ay, forsooth.

 

NURSE

Ay, forsooth.

 

CAPULET

Well, he may chance to do some good on her.

A peevish self-willed harlotry it is.

 

CAPULET

Well, he may chance to do some good on her.

A peevish self-willed harlotry it is.

 

Enter JULIET

Enter JULIET

NURSE

See where she comes from shrift with merry look.

 

NURSE

See where she comes from shrift with merry look.

 

CAPULET

How now, my headstrong? Where have you been gadding?

 

CAPULET

How now, my headstrong? Where have you been gadding?

 

JULIET

Where I have learned me to repent the sin

Of disobedient opposition

To you and your behests, and am enjoined

By holy Lawrence to fall prostrate here

To beg your pardon. (falls to her knees)

Pardon, I beseech you!

Henceforward I am ever ruled by you.

 

JULIET

Where I have learned me to repent the sin

Of disobedient opposition

To you and your behests, and am enjoined

By holy Lawrence to fall prostrate here

To beg your pardon. (falls to her knees)

Pardon, I beseech you!

Henceforward I am ever ruled by you.

 

CAPULET

Send for the county. Go tell him of this.

I’ll have this knot knit up tomorrow morning.

 

CAPULET

Send for the county. Go tell him of this.

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.

 

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.

 

CAPULET

Why, I am glad on ’t. This is well. Stand up.

 

JULIET stands u

JULIET stands u

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!

Our whole city is much bound to him.

 

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!

Our whole city is much bound to him.

 

JULIET

Nurse, will you go with me into my closet

To help me sort such needful ornaments

As you think fit to furnish me tomorrow?

 

JULIET

Nurse, will you go with me into my closet

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.

 

LADY CAPULET

No, not till Thursday. There is time enough.

 

CAPULET

Go, Nurse. Go with her. We’ll to church tomorrow.

 

CAPULET

Go, Nurse. Go with her. We’ll to church tomorrow.

 

Exeunt JULIET and NURSE

Exeunt JULIET and NURSE

LADY CAPULET

We shall be short in our provision.

'Tis now near night.

 

LADY CAPULET

We shall be short in our provision.

'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.

I’ll play the housewife for this once.

 

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.

I’ll play the housewife for this once.

 

LADY CAPULET exits.

LADY CAPULET exits.

 —What, ho?

They are all forth?—Well, I will walk myself

all forth=all gone

To County Paris, to prepare him up

Against tomorrow. My heart is wondrous light

Since this same wayward girl is so reclaimed.

 

 —What, ho?

They are all forth?—Well, I will walk myself

To County Paris, to prepare him up

Against tomorrow. My heart is wondrous light

Since this same wayward girl is so reclaimed.

 

Exit

Exit

 

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