Speeches (Lines) for Sampson
in "Romeo and Juliet"

Total: 20

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1

I,1,16

(stage directions). [Enter SAMPSON and GREGORY, of the house of Capulet, armed with swords and bucklers]

Sampson. Gregory, o' my word, we'll not carry coals.


2

I,1,19

Gregory. No, for then we should be colliers.

Sampson. I mean, an we be in choler, we'll draw.


3

I,1,21

Gregory. Ay, while you live, draw your neck out o' the collar.

Sampson. I strike quickly, being moved.


4

I,1,23

Gregory. But thou art not quickly moved to strike.

Sampson. A dog of the house of Montague moves me.


5

I,1,26

Gregory. To move is to stir; and to be valiant is to stand:
therefore, if thou art moved, thou runn'st away.

Sampson. A dog of that house shall move me to stand: I will
take the wall of any man or maid of Montague's.


6

I,1,30

Gregory. That shows thee a weak slave; for the weakest goes
to the wall.

Sampson. True; and therefore women, being the weaker vessels,
are ever thrust to the wall: therefore I will push
Montague's men from the wall, and thrust his maids
to the wall.


7

I,1,35

Gregory. The quarrel is between our masters and us their men.

Sampson. 'Tis all one, I will show myself a tyrant: when I
have fought with the men, I will be cruel with the
maids, and cut off their heads.


8

I,1,39

Gregory. The heads of the maids?

Sampson. Ay, the heads of the maids, or their maidenheads;
take it in what sense thou wilt.


9

I,1,42

Gregory. They must take it in sense that feel it.

Sampson. Me they shall feel while I am able to stand: and
'tis known I am a pretty piece of flesh.


10

I,1,47

Gregory. 'Tis well thou art not fish; if thou hadst, thou
hadst been poor John. Draw thy tool! here comes
two of the house of the Montagues.

Sampson. My naked weapon is out: quarrel, I will back thee.


11

I,1,49

Gregory. How! turn thy back and run?

Sampson. Fear me not.


12

I,1,51

Gregory. No, marry; I fear thee!

Sampson. Let us take the law of our sides; let them begin.


13

I,1,54

Gregory. I will frown as I pass by, and let them take it as
they list.

Sampson. Nay, as they dare. I will bite my thumb at them;
which is a disgrace to them, if they bear it.


14

I,1,58

Abraham. Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?

Sampson. I do bite my thumb, sir.


15

I,1,60

Abraham. Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?

Sampson. [Aside to GREGORY] Is the law of our side, if I say
ay?


16

I,1,63

Gregory. No.

Sampson. No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir, but I
bite my thumb, sir.


17

I,1,67

Abraham. Quarrel sir! no, sir.

Sampson. If you do, sir, I am for you: I serve as good a man as you.


18

I,1,69

Abraham. No better.

Sampson. Well, sir.


19

I,1,71

Gregory. Say 'better:' here comes one of my master's kinsmen.

Sampson. Yes, better, sir.


20

I,1,73

Abraham. You lie.

Sampson. Draw, if you be men. Gregory, remember thy swashing blow.


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