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.