Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

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BENVOLIO
10An I were so apt to quarrel as thou art, any man should buy the fee simple of my life for an hour and a quarter.
BENVOLIO
If I were in the habit of fighting the way you are, my life insurance rates would be sky high.
MERCUTIO
The fee simple? O simple!
MERCUTIO
Your life insurance? That’s foolish.
Enter TYBALT, PETRUCHIO, and other CAPULETS
TYBALT, PETRUCHIO, and CAPULETS enter.
BENVOLIO
By my head, here comes the Capulets.
BENVOLIO
Oh great, here come the Capulets.
MERCUTIO
By my heel, I care not.
MERCUTIO
Well, well, I don’t care.
TYBALT
Follow me close, for I will speak to them.
15Gentlemen, good e'en. A word with one of you.
TYBALT
(to PETRUCCIO and others) Follow me closely, I’ll talk to them. (to the MONTAGUES) Good afternoon, gentlemen. I’d like to have a word with one of you.
MERCUTIO
And but one word with one of us? Couple it with something. Make it a word and a blow.
MERCUTIO
You just want one word with one of us? Put it together with something else. Make it a word and a blow.
TYBALT
You shall find me apt enough to that, sir, an you will give me occasion.
TYBALT
You’ll find me ready enough to do that, sir, if you give me a reason.
MERCUTIO
Could you not take some occasion without giving?
MERCUTIO
Can’t you find a reason without my giving you one?
TYBALT
Mercutio, thou consort’st with Romeo.
TYBALT
Mercutio, you hang out with Romeo.