Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

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ROMEO

Good morrow to you both. What counterfeit did I give you?

ROMEO

Good morning to you both. What do you mean I faked you out?

MERCUTIO

20The slip, sir, the slip. Can you not conceive?

MERCUTIO

You gave us the slip, sir, the slip. Can’t you understand what I’m saying?

ROMEO

Pardon, good Mercutio, my business was great, and in such a case as mine a man may strain courtesy.

ROMEO

Excuse me, good Mercutio. I had very important business to take care of. It was so important that I had to forget about courtesy and good manners.

MERCUTIO

That’s as much as to say, such a case as yours constrains a man to bow in the hams.

MERCUTIO

ROMEO

Meaning “to curtsy”?

ROMEO

You mean do a curtsy?

MERCUTIO

Thou hast most kindly hit it.

MERCUTIO

ROMEO

25A most courteous exposition.

ROMEO

That’s a very polite and courteous explanation.

MERCUTIO

Nay, I am the very pink of courtesy.

MERCUTIO

Yes, I am the pink flower—the master, of courtesy and manners.

ROMEO

Pink for flower.

ROMEO

MERCUTIO

Right.

MERCUTIO

Right.