Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Roger Apfelbaum
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Romeo and Juliet (Quarto 2, 1599)


The most lamentable Tragedie
Enter Mercutio, Benuolio, and men.
Ben. I pray thee good Mercutio lets retire,
The day is hot, the Capels abroad:
And if we meete we shall not scape a brawle, for now these hot
1435daies, is the mad bloodstirring.
Mer. Thou art like one of these fellowes, that when he enters
the confines of a Tauerne, claps me his sword vpon the table,
and sayes, God send me no need of thee: and by the operation
of the second cup, draws him on the drawer, when indeed there
1440is no need.
Ben. Am I like such a fellow?
Mer. Come, come, thou art as hot a Iacke in thy moode as
any in Italie: and assoone moued to be moodie, and assoone
moodie to be moued.
1445Ben. And what too?
Mer. Nay and there were two such, we should haue none
shortly, for one would kill the other: thou, why thou wilt
quarell with a man that hath a haire more, or a haire lesse in his
beard, then thou hast: thou wilt quarell with a man for cracking
1450Nuts, hauing no other reason, but because thou hast hasel eyes:
what eye, but such an eye wold spie out such a quarrel? thy head
is as full of quarelles, as an egge is full of meate, and yet thy
head hath bene beaten as addle as an egge for quarelling: thou
hast quareld with a man for coffing in the streete, because hee
1455hath wakened thy dogge that hath laine asleep in the sun. Didst
thou not fall out with a taylor for wearing his new doublet be-
fore Easter, with an other for tying his new shooes with olde ri-
band, and yet thou wilt tuter me from quarelling?
Ben. And I were so apt to quarell as thou art, any man should
buy the fee-simple of my life for an houre and a quarter.
Mer. The fee-simple, ô simple.
1465
Enter Tybalt, Petruchio, and others.
Ben. By my head here comes the Capulets.
Mer. By my heele I care not.
Tybalt. Follow me close, for I will speake to them.
Gentlemen, Good den, a word with one of you.
Mer.