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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

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Act IV, Scene 2

Hall in Capulet’s house.


[Enter CAPULET, LADY CAPULET, Nurse, and two Servingmen]

  • Capulet. So many guests invite as here are writ. 2495
    [Exit First Servant]
    Sirrah, go hire me twenty cunning cooks.
  • Second Servant. You shall have none ill, sir; for I'll try if they
    can lick their fingers.
  • Capulet. How canst thou try them so? 2500
  • Second Servant. 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.
    [Exit Second Servant] 2505
    We shall be much unfurnished for this time.
    What, is my daughter gone to Friar Laurence?
  • Capulet. Well, he may chance to do some good on her:
    A peevish self-will'd harlotry it is. 2510
  • Nurse. See where she comes from shrift with merry look.

[Enter JULIET]

  • Capulet. How now, my headstrong! where have you been gadding?
  • Juliet. Where I have learn'd me to repent the sin
    Of disobedient opposition 2515
    To you and your behests, and am enjoin'd
    By holy Laurence to fall prostrate here,
    And beg your pardon: pardon, I beseech you!
    Henceforward I am ever ruled by you.
  • Capulet. Send for the county; go tell him of this: 2520
    I'll have this knot knit up to-morrow morning.
  • Juliet. I met the youthful lord at Laurence' cell;
    And gave him what becomed love I might,
    Not step o'er the bounds of modesty.
  • Capulet. Why, I am glad on't; this is well: stand up: 2525
    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, 2530
    To help me sort such needful ornaments
    As you think fit to furnish me to-morrow?
  • Capulet. Go, nurse, go with her: we'll to church to-morrow.

[Exeunt JULIET and Nurse]

  • 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; 2540
    I'll not to bed to-night; let me alone;
    I'll play the housewife for this once. What, ho!
    They are all forth. Well, I will walk myself
    To County Paris, to prepare him up
    Against to-morrow: my heart is wondrous light, 2545
    Since this same wayward girl is so reclaim'd.