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R O MEO AND JULIE T.
DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. ESCALUS, Prince of Verona. SAMPSON,
Servants to Capulet. PARIS, a young Nobleman, Kins. GREGORY, man to the Prince.
PETER, Another Servant lo CapuMONTAGOE, Heads of lwo hostile let. CAPULET, Houses.
ABRAM, Servant to Montague. Uncle to Capulet.
An Apothecary. ROMEO, Son to Montague.
Three Musicians. MERCUTIO, Kinsman to the Prince, CHORUS. Boy; Page to Paris; and Friend to Romeo.
an Officer. BENVOLIO, Nephew to Montague, and Friend to Romeo.
LADY MONTAGUE, Wife to MonTYBALT, Nephew to Lady Capulet. tague. FRIAR LAURENCE, a Franciscan. LADY CAPULET, Wife lo Capulet. FRIAR JOHN, of the same Order. JULIET, Daughter to Capulet. BALTHASAR, Servant to Romeo. Nurse to Juliet. Citizens of Verona; male and female Relations to both Houses; Maskers,
Guards, Watchmen, and Attendants. SCENE, during the greater Part of the Play, in Verona: once, in the
fifth Act, at Mantua.
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Do, with theideann, bury about paten si strip
The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
A public Place.
Gre. To move is to stir, and to be valiant is to stand; therefore, if thou art moved, thou run'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. T is 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 men.
Sam. 'Tis all one, I will show myself a tyrant: when I have fought with the men, I will be civil with the maids; I will cut off their heads.
Gre. The heads of the maids?
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, 't is known, I am a pretty piece of flesh.
Gre. 'T is 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.
Enter ABRAM and BALTHASAR.
Gre. I will frown as I pass by, and let them take it as they list.
Sam. Nay, as they dare. I will bite my thumb at them; which is a disgrace to them, if they bear it.
Abr. Do you bite your thumb at us, Sir?
Sam. No, Sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, Sir; but I bite my thumb, Sir.
Gre. Do you quarrel, Sir.
Abr. No better.
Enter BENVOLIO, at a Distance. Gre. Say - better: here comes one of my master's kinsmen. Sam. Yes, better, Sir. Abr. You lie. Sam. Draw, if
be men. Gregory, remember thy swashing blow.