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ROMEO AND JULIET.
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LADY MONTAGUE, wife to MontaMERCUTIO, kinsman to the prince, LÅDY CAPULET, wife to Capulet.
gue. and friend to Romeo. BENVOLIO, nephew to Montague, JULIET, daughter to Capulet. and friend to Romeo.
Nurse to Juliet. TYBALT, nephew to Lady Capulet. Citizens of Verona; several Men FRIAR LAURENCE, FRIAR JOHx,
and Women, relations to both
houses; Maskers, Guards, BALTHASAR, servant to Romeo.
Watchmen, and Attendants.
Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
Enter SAMPSON and GREGORY, of the house of Capulet,
armed with swords and bucklers. Sam. Gregory, o'my word, we'll not carry coals. Gre. No, for then we should be colliers. Sam. I mean, an we be in choler, we'll draw. Gre. Ay, while you live, draw your neck out o'the collar. Sam. I strike quickly, being moved. Gre. But thou art not quickly
moved to strike. Sam. A dog of the house of Montague moves me.
Gre. To move is to stir; and to be valiant is to stand: therefore, if thou art moved, thou runn'st away.
Sam. A dog of that house shall move me to stand: I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague's.
Gre. That shows thee a weak slave; for the weakest goes to the wall.
Sam. 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.
Gre. The quarrel is between our masters and us their Sam. '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. Gre. The heads of the maids?
29 Sam. Ay, the heads of the maids, or their maidenheads; take it in what sense thou wilt.
Gre. They must take it in sense that feel it. Sam. Me they shall feel while I am able to stand: and 'tis known I am a pretty piece of flesh.
Gre. '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.
Sam. My naked weapon is out: quarrel, I will back thee.
40 Gre. How! turn thy back and run? Sam. Fear me not. Gre. No, marry; I fear thee! Sam. Let us take the law of our sides; let them begin.
Gre. I will frown as I pass by, and let them take it as they list.