Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter JULIET and NURSE
JULIET and the NURSE enter.

JULIET

Ay, those attires are best. But, gentle Nurse,
I pray thee, leave me to myself tonight,
For I have need of many orisons
To move the heavens to smile upon my state,
5Which, well thou know’st, is cross and full of sin.

JULIET

Yes, those are the best clothes. But, gentle Nurse, please leave me alone tonight. I have to say a lot of prayers to make the heavens bless me. You know that my life is troubled and full of sin.
Enter LADY CAPULET
LADY CAPULET enters.

LADY CAPULET

What, are you busy, ho? Need you my help?

LADY CAPULET

What, are you busy? Do you need my help?

JULIET

No, madam. We have culled such necessaries
As are behooveful for our state tomorrow.
So please you, let me now be left alone,
10And let the Nurse this night sit up with you.
For, I am sure, you have your hands full all
In this so sudden business.

JULIET

No, madam, we’ve figured out the best things for me to wear tomorrow at the ceremony. So if it’s okay with you, I’d like to be left alone now. Let the Nurse sit up with you tonight. I’m sure you have your hands full preparing for the sudden festivities.

LADY CAPULET

     Good night.
Get thee to bed and rest, for thou hast need.

LADY CAPULET

Good night. Go to bed and get some rest. I’m sure you need it.
Exeunt LADY CAPULET and NURSE
LADY CAPULET and the NURSE exit.

JULIET

Farewell!—God knows when we shall meet again.
15I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins
That almost freezes up the heat of life.
I’ll call them back again to comfort me.—
Nurse!—What should she do here?

JULIET

Good-bye. Only God knows when we’ll meet again. There is a slight cold fear cutting through my veins. It almost freezes the heat of life. I’ll call them back here to comfort me. Nurse!—Oh, what good would she do here?
In my desperate situation, I have to act alone.