Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 1

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SAMPSON

But if you do, sir, I am for you. I serve as good a man as you.

SAMPSON

If you want to fight, I’m your man. My employer is as good as yours.

ABRAM

No better.

ABRAM

But he’s not better than mine.

SAMPSON

Well, sir.

SAMPSON

Well then.
Enter BENVOLIO
BENVOLIO enters.

GREGORY

50 (aside to SAMPSON) Say “better.” Here comes one of my master’s kinsmen.

GREGORY

(speaking so that only SAMPSON can hear) Say “better.” Here comes one of my employer’s relatives.

SAMPSON

(to ABRAM) Yes, better, sir.

SAMPSON

(to ABRAM) Yes, “better,” sir.

ABRAM

You lie.

ABRAM

You lie.

SAMPSON

Draw, if you be men.—Gregory, remember thy washing blow.

SAMPSON

Pull out your swords, if you’re men. Gregory, remember how to slash.
They fight
They fight.

BENVOLIO

(draws his sword) Part, fools!
55Put up your swords. You know not what you do.

BENVOLIO

(pulling out his sword) Break it up, you fools. Put your swords away. You don’t know what you’re doing.
Enter TYBALT
TYBALT enters.

TYBALT

What, art thou drawn among these heartless hinds?
Turn thee, Benvolio. Look upon thy death.

TYBALT

What? You’ve pulled out your sword to fight with these worthless servants? Turn around, Benvolio, and look at the man who’s going to kill you.