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ROMEO AND JULIET.
DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. ESCALUS, prince of Verona. BALTHASAR, servant to Romeo. Paris, a young nobleman, kins- SAMPSON, man to the prince.
servants to Capulet. heads of two houses PETER, servant to Juliet's nurse. MONTAGUE,
at variance with CAPULET,
ABRAHAM, servant to Montague. each other. An Apothecary. An old man,
of the Capulet Three Musicians. family.
Page to Paris; another Page; an ROMEO, son to Montague.
Officer. MERCUTIO, kinsman to the
prince, and friend to Romeo. BENVOLIO, nephew to Montague,
LADY MONTAGUE, wife to Monand friend to Romeo.
tague. TYBALT, nephew to Lady Capulet.
LADY CAPULET, wife to Capulet. Friar LAWRENCE, a Franciscan. Juliet, daughter to Capulet.
Nurse to Juliet. Friar John, of the same order. Citizens of Verona; several Men and Women, relations to both houses; Maskers, Guards, Watchmen, and Attendants.
Chorus. SCENE Verona; except once in the fifth act, where it is Mantua.
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
Sam. Gregory, o'my word, we'll not carry coals.
Gre. To move is to stir; and to be valiant is to stand: therefore, if thou art moved, thou runnest 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 men.
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 ?