Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

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PETER

Anon!

PETER

I’m at your service.

NURSE

My fan, Peter.

NURSE

Give me my fan, Peter.

MERCUTIO

Good, Peter, to hide her face, for her fan’s the fairer face.

MERCUTIO

Good Peter, give her her fan to hide her face. Her fan is prettier than her face.

NURSE

God ye good morrow, gentlemen.

NURSE

Good morning, gentlemen.

MERCUTIO

55God ye good e'en, fair gentlewoman.

MERCUTIO

Good afternoon, fair lady.

NURSE

Is it good e'en?

NURSE

Is it now afternoon?

MERCUTIO

'Tis no less, I tell you, for the bawdy hand of the dial is now upon the prick of noon.

MERCUTIO

It’s not earlier than that, I tell you. The

lusty hand

Again, Mercutio’s language is full of offensive sexual innuendo.

lusty hand
of the clock is now pricking noon.

NURSE

Out upon you! What a man are you?

NURSE

Get out of here! What kind of man are you?

MERCUTIO

One, gentlewoman, that God hath made, himself to mar.

MERCUTIO

I’m a man, my lady, that God has made for himself to ruin.

NURSE

60By my troth, it is well said. “For himself to mar,” quoth he? Gentlemen, can any of you tell me where I may find the young Romeo?

NURSE

I swear, you speak the truth. “For himself to ruin,” he says. Gentlemen, can any of you tell me where I can find young Romeo?

ROMEO

I can tell you, but young Romeo will be older when you have found him than he was when you sought him. I am the youngest of that name, for fault of a worse.

ROMEO

I can tell you, but young Romeo will be older when you find him than he was when you started looking for him. I am the youngest man by that name, because there is no one younger, or worse.

NURSE

You say well.

NURSE

You speak well.