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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet Translation Act 4, Scene 4

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LADY CAPULET

Hold, take these keys, and fetch more spices, Nurse.

LADY CAPULET

Wait. Take these keys and go get more spices, Nurse.

.LADY CAPULET and the NURSE enter.

NURSE

They call for dates and quinces in the pastry.

NURSE

They’re calling for dates and quinces in the kitchen.

CAPULET

Come, stir, stir, stir! The second cock hath crowed. The curfew bell hath rung. ‘Tis three o’clock.— Look to the baked meats, good Angelica. Spare not for the cost.

CAPULET

Come on, get moving, get moving, get moving! The second rooster has crowed. The curfew-bell has rung. It’s three o’clock. Go get the baked meats, good Angelica. Don’t worry about the cost.

CAPULET enters.

NURSE

Go, you cot-quean, go.Get you to bed, faith. You’ll be sick tomorrowFor this night’s watching.

NURSE

Oh, you cottage housewife, you. Go to bed, my God. You’ll be sick tomorrow from staying up all night.

CAPULET

No, not a whit, what. I have watched ere now All night for lesser cause, and ne’er been sick.

CAPULET

No, no, not at all. I’ve stayed up all night before for less important reasons, and never gotten sick from it.

LADY CAPULET

Ay, you have been a mouse-hunt in your time,But I will watch you from such watching now.

LADY CAPULET

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LADY CAPULET and the NURSE exit.

CAPULET

A jealous hood, a jealous hood!

CAPULET

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

Now, fellow,What is there?

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FIRST SERVINGMAN

Things for the cook, sir, but I know not what.

FIRST SERVINGMAN

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CAPULET

Make haste, make haste, sirrah.

CAPULET

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Exit the FIRST SERVINGMAN.

Fetch drier logs.Call Peter. He will show thee where they are.

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SECOND SERVINGMAN

I have a head, sir, that will find out logs, And never trouble Peter for the matter.

SECOND SERVINGMAN

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The SECOND SERVINGMAN exits.

CAPULET

Mass, and well said! A merry whoreson, ha! Thou shalt be loggerhead. Good faith, 'tis day. The County will be here with music straight, For so he said he would.

CAPULET

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They exit.

Music plays within.

I hear him near.Nurse! Wife! What ho, what, Nurse, I say!

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Enter the NURSE.

Go waken Juliet. Go and trim her up. I'll go and chat with Paris. Hie, make haste, Make haste, the bridegroom he is come already. Make haste, I say.

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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.