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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 Lady of the House [Capulet's wife] and Nurse.
    2540Capulet's Wife Hold, take these keys, and fetch more spices, Nurse.
    Nurse They call for dates and quinces in the pastry.
    Enter old Capulet.
    Capulet Come, stir, stir, stir! 2545The second cock hath crowed.
    The curfew bell hath rung; 'tis three a clock.
    Look to the baked meats, good Angelica,
    Spare not for cost.
    Nurse Go, you cotquean, go,
    2550Get you to bed. Faith, you'll be sick tomorrow
    For this night's watching.
    Capulet No not a whit. What, I have watched ere now
    All night for lesser cause, and ne'er been sick.
    Capulet's Wife Ay, you have been a mouse-hunt in your time,
    2555But I will watch you from such watching now.
    Exeunt Lady [Capulet's wife] and Nurse.
    A jealous hood, a jealous hood.
    Enter three or four [Servingmen] with spits and logs and baskets.
    Now fellow,
    What is there?
    25601 Servingman Things for the cook, sir, but I know not what.
    Make haste, make haste.
    [1 Servingman exits.]
    Sirra, fetch drier logs.
    Call Peter. He will show thee where they are.
    2 Servingman I have a head sir, that will find out logs
    And never trouble Peter for the matter.
    [2 Servingman exits.]
    2565Capulet Mass, and well said. A merry whoreson, ha!
    Two shalt be loggerhead. Good faith, 'tis day. Play music.
    The County will be here with music straight,
    For so he said he would. I hear him near.
    2570Nurse! Wife! What ho! What, Nurse, I say! Enter Nurse.
    Go waken Juliet; go and trim her up.
    I'll go and chat with Paris. Hie, make haste,
    Make hast. The bridegroom, he is come already.
    2575Make haste I say.
    Exit Capulet