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Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Act 4, Scene 4 Easiest-to-Read Edition

 

 

 

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Romeo and Juliet Act 4, Scene 4



Hall in Capulets' house

Enter LADY CAPULET and NURSE

Enter LADY CAPULET and NURSE

LADY CAPULET

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

 

LADY CAPULET

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

 

NURSE

They call for dates and quinces in the pastry.

pastry=pantry

 

NURSE

They call for dates and quinces in the pastry.

 

Enter CAPULET

Enter CAPULET

CAPULET

Come, stir, stir, stir! The second cock hath crowed.

The curfew bell hath rung. 'Tis three o'clock.—

three o’clock=three o’clock a.m.

Look to the baked meats, good Angelica.

Spare not for the cost.

 

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.

 

NURSE

     Go, you cot-quean, go.

cot-quean=old housewife (cot=cottage, quean=hussy)

Get you to bed, faith. You’ll be sick tomorrow

For this night’s watching.

(because of staying up all night)

 

NURSE

     Go, you cot-quean, go.

Get you to bed, faith. You’ll be sick tomorrow

For this night’s watching.

 

CAPULET

No, not a whit, what. I have watched ere now

not a whit=not a whit sick

ere now=before now

All night for lesser cause and ne'er been sick.

 

CAPULET

No, not a whit, what. I have watched ere now

All night for lesser cause and ne'er been sick.

 

LADY CAPULET

Ay, you have been a mouse-hunt in your time,

mouse-hunt=chaser of women (a mouse hunter such as a cat or weasel)

But I will watch you from such watching now.

watch you=keep you in sight

 

LADY CAPULET

Ay, you have been a mouse-hunt in your time,

But I will watch you from such watching now.

 

Exeunt LADY CAPULET and NURS

Exeunt LADY CAPULET and NURS

CAPULET

A jealous hood, a jealous hood!

jealous hood=jealous woman (?)

 

CAPULET

A jealous hood, a jealous hood!

 

Enter three or four SERVINGMEN with spits and logs and baskets

Enter three or four SERVINGMEN with spits and logs and baskets

   Now, fellow,

What is there?

 

   Now, fellow,

What is there?

 

FIRST SERVINGMAN

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

 

FIRST SERVINGMAN

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

 

CAPULET

Make haste, make haste, sirrah.

 

CAPULET

Make haste, make haste, sirrah.

 

Exit FIRST SERVINGMAN

Exit FIRST SERVINGMAN

(to SECOND SERVINGMAN) Fetch drier logs.

Call Peter. He will show thee where they are.

 

(to SECOND SERVINGMAN) Fetch drier logs.

Call Peter. He will show thee where they are.

 

SECOND SERVINGMAN

I have a head, sir, that will find out logs

head=wooden head

And never trouble Peter for the matter.

 

SECOND SERVINGMAN

I have a head, sir, that will find out logs

And never trouble Peter for the matter.

 

Exit SECOND SERVINGMAN

Exit SECOND SERVINGMAN

CAPULET

Mass, and well said. A merry whoreson, ha!

mass=by the mass

Thou shalt be loggerhead.—Good faith, ’tis day.

loggerhead=blockhead

The county will be here with music straight,

For so he said he would. I hear him near.—

 

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. I hear him near.—

 

Music plays within

Music plays within

Nurse! Wife! What, ho? What, Nurse, I say!

Nurse! Wife! What, ho? What, Nurse, I say!

Enter NURSE

Enter NURSE

Nurse! Wife! What, ho? What, Nurse, I say!

Nurse! Wife! What, ho? What, Nurse, I say!

Enter NURSE

Enter 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.

 

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.

 

Exeunt

Exeunt

 

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