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Jul. Ay, those attires are best.-But, gentle nurse,
thee, leave me to myself to-night;
Enter LADY CAPULET.
La. Cap. What, are you busy? Do you need my
[Exeunt LADY CAPULET and Nurse. Jul. Farewell ! _God knows when we shall meet
[Laying down a dagger." i This speech received considerable additions after the first copy was published.
2 This stage direction has been supplied by the modern editions. The quarto of 1597 reads :—“ Knife, lie thou there."
46 Daggers, or, as they were more commonly called, knives (says Mr.
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Gifford), were worn at all times by every woman in England; whether they were so worn in Italy, Shakspeare, I believe, never inquired, and I cannot tell.”--Works of Ben Jonson, vol. v. p. 221.
1 To fester is to corrupt.
2 The mandrake (says Thomas Newton in his Herbal) has been idly represented as “a creature having life.”
Upon a rapier's point.--Stay, Tybalt, stay!--
[She throws herself on the bed
SCENE IV. Capulet's Hall.
Enter LADY CAPULET and Nurse.
La. Cap. Hold, take these keys, and fetch more
spices, nurse. Nurse. They call for dates and quinces in the pastry.
Cap. Come, stir, stir, stir! the second cock hath
Go, go, you cot-quean, go,
Сар. . No, not a whit; what! I have watched ere
All night for lesser cause, and ne'er been sick.
[Exit LADY CAPULET. Cap. A jealous-hood, a jealous-hood !--Now, fellow, What's there?
| The room where the pastry was made.
2 A man that troubles himself with women's affairs--probably cookquean.
3 This speech, which in the old copies is attributed to the nurse, should surely be given to lady Capulet.
4 'The animal called the mouse-hunt is the weasel. The intrigues of this animal, like those of the cat kind, are usually carried on in the night.
ROMEO AND JULIET.
Enter Servants, with spits, logs, and baskets.
Sirrah, fetch drier logs;
2 Serv. I have a head, sir, that will find out logs, And never trouble Peter for the matter. [Exit.
Cap. 'Mass, and well said ; a merry whoreson! ha, Thou shalt be loggerhead.—Good faith, 'tis day; The county will be here with music straight.
[Music within For so he said he would. I hear him near.Nurse !--Wife !-what, ho ;-what, nurse, I say!
Go, waken Juliet, go, and trim her up;
SCENE V. Juliet's Chamber ; JULIET on the bed.
Nurse. Mistress !-what, mistress !-Juliet !
-fast, I warrant her, she.Why, lamb! why, lady ;-fie, you slug-a-bed! Why, love, I say!--madam! sweet-heart !-why,
bride! What, not a word ?-You take your pennyworths now; Sleep for a week ; for the next night, I warrant, The county Paris hath set up his rest,
1 Nashe, in his Terrors of the Night, quibbles in the same manner on this expression :-" You that are married and have wives of your owne, and yet hold too nere friendship with your neighbors, set up your rests, that the night will be an ill neighbor to your rest, and that you shall have as little peace of minde as the rest."
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That you shall rest but little.
shall rest but little.-God forgive me, (Marry and amen!) how sound is she asleep! I needs must wake her.-Madam, madam, madam! Ay, let the county take you in your bed; He'll fright you up, in faith. Will it not be ? What, dressed! and in your clothes! and down again! I must needs wake you. Lady! lady! lady! Alas! alas !-Help! help! my lady's dead !O, well-a-day, that ever I was born Some aqua-vitæ, ho !--my lord ! my lady! !
Enter LADY CAPULET.
La. Cap. What noise is here?
O lamentable day!
Look, look! 0 heavy day!
Nurse. O lamentable day!
O woful time !
1 This line is taken from the first quarto, 1597.
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