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  • Title: Romeo and Juliet (Modern)
  • Editor: Roger Apfelbaum
  • ISBN: 1-55058-299-2

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Roger Apfelbaum
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    Romeo and Juliet (Modern)

    Enter Capulet, Capulet's wife, Nurse, and two or three Servingmen.
    2425Capulet So many guests invite as here are writ. Exit one or two Servingmen
    Sirrah, go hire me twenty cunning cooks.
    Tybalt You shall have none ill sir, for I'll try if they can lick their fingers.
    Capulet How canst thou try them so?
    2430Tybalt Marry sir, 'tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers; therefore he that cannot lick his fingers goes not with me.
    Capulet Go, be gone. Exit Servingman.
    We shall be much unfurnished for this time.
    What, is my daughter gone to Friar Laurence?
    2435Nurse Ay, forsooth.
    Capulet Well, he may chance to do some good on her.
    A peevish self-willed harlotry it is.
    Enter Juliet.
    Nurse See where she comes from shrift 2440with merry look.
    Capulet How now, my headstrong, where have you been gadding?
    Juliet Where I have learnt me to repent the sin
    Of disobedient opposition
    2445To you and your behests, and am enjoined
    By holy Laurence to fall prostrate here, [kneeling]
    To beg your pardon. Pardon, I beseech you.
    Henceforward I am ever ruled by you.
    Capulet Send for the County; go tell him of this.
    2450I'll have this knot knit up tomorrow morning.
    Juliet I met the youthful lord at Laurence' cell
    And gave him what becomèd love I might,
    Not stepping o're the bounds of modesty.
    Capulet Why, I am glad on't. This is well. Stand up. [Juliet rises.]
    2455This is as 't should be. Let me see the County;
    Ay, marry, go, I say, and fetch him hither.
    Now, afore God, this reverend holy friar,
    All our whole city is much bound to him.
    Juliet Nurse, will you go with me into my closet
    2460To help me sort such needful ornaments,
    As you think fit to furnish me tomorrow?
    Capulet's Wife No, not till Thursday. There is time enough.
    Capulet Go Nurse, go with her, we'll to church tomorrow.
    Exeunt [Juliet and Nurse].
    Capulet's Wife We shall be short in our provision.
    'Tis now near night.
    Tush, I will stir about,
    And all things shall be well, I warrant thee wife.
    2470Go thou to Juliet, help to deck up her.
    I'll not to bed tonight. Let me alone.
    I'll play the housewife for this once. -- What, ho! --
    They are all forth. Well, I will walk myself
    To County Paris, to prepare up him
    2475Against tomorrow. My heart is wondrous light
    Since this same wayward girl is so reclaimed.
    [They] exit.