Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 4

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MERCUTIO

Yea, is the worst well? Very well took, i' faith, wisely, wisely.

MERCUTIO

Is the worst well? Very well taken, I believe, very wise.

NURSE

If you be he, sir, I desire some confidence with you.

NURSE

BENVOLIO

65She will indite him to some supper.

BENVOLIO

MERCUTIO

A bawd, a bawd, a bawd! So ho!

MERCUTIO

A pimp! A pimp! A pimp! I’ve found it out.

ROMEO

What hast thou found?

ROMEO

What have you found out?

MERCUTIO

No hare, sir, unless a hare, sir, in a Lenten pie—that is, something stale and hoar ere it be spent.

MERCUTIO

She’s not a prostitute unless she’s using her ugliness to hide her promiscuity.
(sings)
An old hare hoar,
And an old hare hoar,
  Is very good meat in Lent.
But a hare that is hoar
Is too much for a score
  When it hoars ere it be spent.
70 (speaks)
(he walks by them and sings)
Old rabbit meat is good to eat,
If you can’t get anything else.
But if it’s so old,
That it goes bad before you eat it,
Then it was a waste of money.
(speaking)
Romeo, will you come to your father’s? We’ll to dinner, thither.
Romeo, are you going to your father’s for lunch? Let’s go there.

ROMEO

I will follow you.

ROMEO

I’ll follow after you.