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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet Translation Act 4, Scene 2

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CAPULET, LADY CAPULET, and the NURSE enter, along with two or three SERVINGMEN

CAPULET

[Gives paper to FIRST SERVINGMAN] So many guests inviteas here are writ.

CAPULET

[Giving a paper to the FIRST SERVINGMAN] Invite all the guests written on this list.

The FIRST SERVINGMAN exits.

[To SECOND SERVINGMAN] Sirrah, go hire me twenty cunning cooks.

[To SECOND SERVINGMAN] Go hire twenty skilled cooks.

SECOND SERVINGMAN

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

SECOND SERVINGMAN

I won’t hire any bad cooks. I’ll test them by making them lick their fingers.

CAPULET

How canst thou try them so?

CAPULET

How does that work?

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

Well, sir, it’s a bad cook who refuses to lick his own fingers. So I won’t hire any cooks who won’t lick their own fingers.

CAPULET

Go, be gone.

CAPULET

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The SECOND SERVINGMAN exits.

We shall be much unfurnished for this time.What, is my daughter gone to Friar Lawrence?

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NURSE

Ay, forsooth.

NURSE

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CAPULET

Well, he may chance to do some good on her.A peevish self-willed harlotry it is.

CAPULET

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JULIET enters.

NURSE

See where she comes from shrift with merry look.

NURSE

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CAPULET

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

CAPULET

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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

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CAPULET

Send for the county. Go tell him of this.I’ll have this knot knit up tomorrow morning.

CAPULET

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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

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CAPULET

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

CAPULET

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JULIET rises.

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.

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JULIET

Nurse, will you go with me into my closetTo help me sort such needful ornamentsAs you think fit to furnish me tomorrow?

JULIET

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LADY CAPULET

No, not till Thursday. There is time enough.

LADY CAPULET

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CAPULET

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

CAPULET

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LADY CAPULET

We shall be short in our provision.‘Tis now near night.

LADY CAPULET

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JULIET and the NURSE exit.

CAPULET exits.

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

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LADY CAPULET exits

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.

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Ben is a co-founder of LitCharts. He holds a BA in English Literature from Harvard University, where as an undergraduate he won the Winthrop Sargent prize for best undergraduate paper on a topic related to Shakespeare.