Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

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NURSE
Now God in heaven bless thee! Hark you, sir.
NURSE
May God in heaven bless you. Now please listen, sir.
ROMEO
What sayst thou, my dear Nurse?
ROMEO
What do you have to say, my dear Nurse?
NURSE
100Is your man secret? Did you ne'er hear say,
“Two may keep counsel, putting one away”?
NURSE
Can your man keep a secret? Haven’t you ever heard the saying, “Two can conspire to put one away”?
ROMEO
Warrant thee, my man’s as true as steel.
ROMEO
I assure you, my man is as true as steel.
NURSE
Well, sir, my mistress is the sweetest lady.—Lord, Lord! when ’twas a little prating thing.—Oh, there is a nobleman in town, one Paris, that would fain lay knife aboard, but she, good soul, had as lief see a toad, a very toad, as see him. I anger her sometimes and tell her that Paris is the properer man. But, I’ll warrant you, when I say so, she looks as pale as any clout in the versal world. Doth not rosemary and Romeo begin both with a letter?
NURSE
Well, sir, my mistress is the sweetest lady. Lord, Lord, when she was a little baby—Oh, there is one nobleman in the city, a guy named Paris, who would be happy to claim her as his own. Juliet would rather look at a toad than at him. I make her angry sometimes by saying that Paris is more handsome than you are. But when I say so, I swear she turns white as a sheet. Don’t “

rosemary

Rosemary was a token of remembrance between lovers and for the dead.

rosemary
” and “Romeo” begin with the same letter?
ROMEO
Ay, Nurse, what of that? Both with an R.
ROMEO
Yes, Nurse, what about that? They both begin with the letter “R.”
NURSE
105Ah, mocker, that’s the dog’s name. R is for the—No, I know it begins with some other letter, and she hath the prettiest sententious of it, of you and rosemary, that it would do you good to hear it.
NURSE
Ah, you jokester—that’s the dog’s name. “R” is for the—no, I know it begins with another letter. She says the most beautiful things about you and rosemary. It would be good for you to hear the things she says.
ROMEO
Commend me to thy lady.
ROMEO
Give my compliments to your lady.
NURSE
Ay, a thousand times.—Peter!
NURSE
Yes, a thousand times. Peter!
PETER
Anon!
PETER
I’m ready.
NURSE
Before and apace.
NURSE
(giving PETER her fan) Go ahead. Go quickly.
Exeunt
They all exit.

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