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Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Act 1, Scene 2 Easiest-to-Read Edition

 

 

 



Romeo and Juliet Act 1, Scene 2



A Street

Romeo and Juliet Act 1, Scene 2

Enter CAPULET, County (Count) PARIS, and PETER, a servant

Enter CAPULET, County PARIS, and PETER, a servant

CAPULET

But Montague is bound as well as I,

In penalty alike. And ítis not hard, I think,

For men so old as we to keep the peace.

CAPULET

But Montague is bound as well as I,

In penalty alike. And ítis not hard, I think,

For men so old as we to keep the peace.

PARIS

Of honorable reckoning are you both.

reckoning=reputation

And pity ítis you lived at odds so long.

But now, my lord, what say you to my suit?

suit=request

PARIS

Of honorable reckoning are you both.

And pity ítis you lived at odds so long.

But now, my lord, what say you to my suit?

CAPULET

But saying o'er what I have said before.

My child is yet a stranger in the world.

She hath not seen the change of fourteen years.

Let two more summers wither in their pride

Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.

CAPULET

But saying o'er what I have said before.

My child is yet a stranger in the world.

She hath not seen the change of fourteen years.

Let two more summers wither in their pride

Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.

PARIS

Younger than she are happy mothers made.

PARIS

Younger than she are happy mothers made.

CAPULET

And too soon marred are those so early made.

Earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she.

she=her

Sheís the hopeful lady of my earth.

But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart.

My will to her consent is but a part.

An she agreed within her scope of choice,

In her agreement to choose you . . .

Lies my consent and fair according voice.

This night I hold an old accustomed feast,

Accustomed=customary

Whereto I have invited many a guest

Such as I love. And you among the store,

One more, most welcome, makes my number more.

At my poor house look to behold this night

Earth-treading stars that make dark heaven light.

Such comfort as do lusty young men feel

When well-appareled April on the heel

Of limping winter treads. Even such delight

Among fresh fennel buds shall you this night

fresh fennel buds=girls

Inherit at my house. Hear all, all see,

inherit=obtain

And like her most whose merit most shall beó

(who has the most merit)

Which on more view of many, mine, being one,

(to PETER, giving him a paper)

May stand in number, though in reckoning none,

stand in number=join many girls

though in reckoning none=in esteem Juliet stands alone

Come, go with me.

Go, sirrah, trudge about

sirrah=youngster

Through fair Verona. Find those persons out

Whose names are written there, and to them say

My house and welcome on their pleasure stay

On their pleasure stay=wait to serve their pleasure

 

CAPULET

And too soon marred are those so early made.

Earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she.

Sheís the hopeful lady of my earth.

But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart.

My will to her consent is but a part.

An she agreed within her scope of choice,

Lies my consent and fair according voice.

This night I hold an old accustomed feast,

Whereto I have invited many a guest

Such as I love. And you among the store,

One more, most welcome, makes my number more.

At my poor house look to behold this night

Earth-treading stars that make dark heaven light.

Such comfort as do lusty young men feel

When well-appareled April on the heel

Of limping winter treads. Even such delight

Among fresh fennel buds shall you this night

Inherit at my house. Hear all, all see,

And like her most whose merit most shall beó

Which on more view of many, mine, being one,

(to PETER, giving him a paper)

May stand in number, though in reckoning none,

Come, go with me.

Go, sirrah, trudge about

Through fair Verona. Find those persons out

Whose names are written there, and to them say

My house and welcome on their pleasure stay

 

Exeunt CAPULET and PARIS

Exeunt CAPULET and PARIS

PETER

Find them out whose names are written here? It is written, that the shoemaker should meddle with his yard and the tailor with his last, the fisher with his pencil and the painter with his nets. But I am sent to find those persons whose names are here writ and can never find what names the writing person hath here writ. I must to the learned in good time! (Everyone should know something of each otherís trade. Iím a messenger, not a reader, yet I canít read. I must get help as soon as possible.)

PETER

Find them out whose names are written here? It is written, that the shoemaker should meddle with his yard and the tailor with his last, the fisher with his pencil and the painter with his nets. But I am sent to find those persons whose names are here writ and can never find what names the writing person hath here writ. I must to the learned in good time!

Enter BENVOLIO and ROMEO

Enter BENVOLIO and ROMEO

BENVOLIO

Tut man, one fire burns out anotherís burning.

(a new fire replaces an old one)

One pain is lessened by anotherís anguish.

anguish=pain

Turn giddy, and be helped by backward turning.

backward turning=spinning in the opposite direction

One desperate grief cures with anotherís languish.

languish=desperate grief

Take thou some new infection to thy eye,

And the rank poison of the old will die.

BENVOLIO

Tut man, one fire burns out anotherís burning.

One pain is lessened by anotherís anguish.

Turn giddy, and be helped by backward turning.

One desperate grief cures with anotherís languish.

Take thou some new infection to thy eye,

And the rank poison of the old will die.

ROMEO

Your plantain leaf is excellent for that

ROMEO

Your plantain leaf is excellent for that

BENVOLIO

For what, I pray thee?

BENVOLIO

For what, I pray thee?

ROMEO

For your broken shin.

ROMEO

For your broken shin.

BENVOLIO

Why Romeo, art thou mad?

BENVOLIO

Why Romeo, art thou mad?

ROMEO

Not mad, but bound more than a madman is,

Shut up in prison, kept without my food,

Whipped and tormented andóGood e'en, good fellow.

eíen=evening

ROMEO

Not mad, but bound more than a madman is,

Shut up in prison, kept without my food,

Whipped and tormented andóGood e'en, good fellow.

PETER

God 'i' good e'en. I pray, sir, can you read?

(may God give you a good evening)

PETER

God 'i' good e'en. I pray, sir, can you read?

ROMEO

Ay, mine own fortune in my misery

ROMEO

Ay, mine own fortune in my misery

PETER

Perhaps you have learned it without book. But I pray, can you read anything you see?

PETER

Perhaps you have learned it without book. But I pray, can you read anything you see?

ROMEO

Ay, if I know the letters and the language.

ROMEO

Ay, if I know the letters and the language.

PETER

Ye say honestly. Rest you merry

PETER

Ye say honestly. Rest you merry

ROMEO

Stay, fellow. I can read. (he reads the letter)

ďSeigneur Martino and his wife and daughters;

County Anselme and his beauteous sisters;

The lady widow of Vitruvio;

Vitruvioís widow

Seigneur Placentio and his lovely nieces;

Mercutio and his brother Valentine;

Mine uncle Capulet, his wife and daughters;

My fair niece Rosaline and Livia;

Seigneur Valentio and his cousin Tybalt;

Lucio and the lively Helena.Ē

A fair assembly. Whither should they come?

ROMEO

Stay, fellow. I can read. (he reads the letter)

ďSeigneur Martino and his wife and daughters;

County Anselme and his beauteous sisters;

The lady widow of Vitruvio;

Seigneur Placentio and his lovely nieces;

Mercutio and his brother Valentine;

Mine uncle Capulet, his wife and daughters;

My fair niece Rosaline and Livia;

Seigneur Valentio and his cousin Tybalt;

Lucio and the lively Helena.Ē

A fair assembly. Whither should they come?

PETER

Up.

PETER

Up.

ROMEO

Whither? To supper?

ROMEO

Whither? To supper?

PETER

To our house.

PETER

To our house.

ROMEO

Whose house?

ROMEO

Whose house?

PETER

My masterís.

PETER

My masterís.

ROMEO

Indeed, I should have asked thee that before.

ROMEO

Indeed, I should have asked thee that before.

PETER

Now Iíll tell you without asking. My master is the great rich Capulet, and if you be not of the house of Montagues, I pray come and crush a cup of wine. Rest you merry!

PETER

Now Iíll tell you without asking. My master is the great rich Capulet, and if you be not of the house of Montagues, I pray come and crush a cup of wine. Rest you merry!

Exit PETER

Exit PETER

BENVOLIO

At this same ancient feast of Capuletís

Sups the fair Rosaline whom thou so loves

With all the admired beauties of Verona.

Go thither, and with unattainted eye

unattainted=dispassionate

Compare her face with some that I shall show,

And I will make thee think thy swan a crow.

BENVOLIO

At this same ancient feast of Capuletís

Sups the fair Rosaline whom thou so loves

With all the admired beauties of Verona.

Go thither, and with unattainted eye

Compare her face with some that I shall show,

And I will make thee think thy swan a crow.

ROMEO

When the devout religion of mine eye

Maintains such falsehood, then turn tears to fires,

(if my eye thinks Rosaline is a crow, then Ö)

And these, who, often drowned, could never die,

(drowning was a test of heresy. If the person survived, he or she was innocent)

Transparent heretics, be burnt for liars!

(the eyes that think Rosaline is a crow are heretics and should be burned)

One fairer than my love? The all-seeing sun

Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun.

ROMEO

When the devout religion of mine eye

Maintains such falsehood, then turn tears to fires,

And these, who, often drowned, could never die,

Transparent heretics, be burnt for liars!

One fairer than my love? The all-seeing sun

Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun.

BENVOLIO

Tut, you saw her fair, none else being by,

Herself poised with herself in either eye.

But in that crystal scales let there be weighed

crystal=eyes are crystal (clear and beautiful), the two eyes constitute a pair of scales

Your ladyís love against some other maid

That I will show you shining at the feast,

that=whom

And she shall scant show well that now shows best.

scant=scarcely

BENVOLIO

Tut, you saw her fair, none else being by,

Herself poised with herself in either eye.

But in that crystal scales let there be weighed

Your ladyís love against some other maid

That I will show you shining at the feast,

And she shall scant show well that now shows best.

ROMEO

Iíll go along, no such sight to be shown,

But to rejoice in splendor of mine own.

splendor=Rosaline

ROMEO

Iíll go along, no such sight to be shown,

But to rejoice in splendor of mine own.

Exeunt

Exeunt

 

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