Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

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ROMEO

80Nurse, commend me to thy lady and mistress. I protest unto thee—

ROMEO

Nurse, give my regards to to your lady. I swear to you—

NURSE

Good heart, and i' faith, I will tell her as much. Lord, Lord, she will be a joyful woman.

NURSE

You have a good heart, and believe me, I’ll tell her that. Lord, Lord, she’ll be a happy woman.

ROMEO

What wilt thou tell her, Nurse? Thou dost not mark me.

ROMEO

What are you going to tell her, Nurse? You’re not paying attention to me.

NURSE

I will tell her, sir, that you do protest, which, as I take it, is a gentlemanlike offer.

NURSE

Sir, I’ll tell her that you

protest

Here the Nurse makes another malapropism, saying “protest” when she means “propose.”.

protest
to her, which I think is the gentlemanly thing to do..

ROMEO

Bid her devise
85Some means to come to shrift this afternoon.
And there she shall at Friar Lawrence' cell
Be shrived and married. (gives her coins) Here is for thy pains.

ROMEO

Tell her to devise a plan to get out of her house and come to confession at the abbey this afternoon. At Friar Lawrence’s cell she can make confession and be married. (giving her coins) Here is a reward for your efforts.

NURSE

No, truly, sir. Not a penny.

NURSE

No, really, I won’t take a penny.

ROMEO

Go to. I say you shall.

ROMEO

Go on, I insist you take it.

NURSE

90 (takes the money) This afternoon, sir? Well, she shall be there.

NURSE

(taking the money) This afternoon, sir? She’ll be there.

ROMEO

And stay, good Nurse. Behind the abbey wall
Within this hour my man shall be with thee
And bring thee cords made like a tackled stair,
Which to the high top-gallant of my joy
95Must be my convoy in the secret night.
Farewell. Be trusty, and I’ll quit thy pains.
Farewell. Commend me to thy mistress.

ROMEO

Wait good Nurse. Within an hour, one of my men will come to you behind the abbey wall and give you a rope ladder. I’ll use the rope ladder to climb over the walls at night. Then I’ll meet Juliet joyfully and in secret. Goodbye. Be honest and helpful, and I’ll repay you for your efforts. Goodbye. Sing my praises to your mistress.