Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 3

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But, like a misbehaved and sullen wench,
Thou pout’st upon thy fortune and thy love.
145Take heed, take heed, for such die miserable.
Go, get thee to thy love, as was decreed.
Ascend her chamber, hence, and comfort her.
But look thou stay not till the watch be set,
For then thou canst not pass to Mantua,
150Where thou shalt live, till we can find a time
To blaze your marriage, reconcile your friends,
Beg pardon of the Prince, and call thee back
With twenty hundred thousand times more joy
Than thou went’st forth in lamentation.—
155Go before, Nurse. Commend me to thy lady,
And bid her hasten all the house to bed,
Which heavy sorrow makes them apt unto.
Romeo is coming.
But like a misbehaved, sullen girl, you’re whining about your bad luck and your love. Listen, listen, people who act like that die miserable. Go be with your love, as it was decided at your wedding. Climb up to her bedroom and comfort her. But get out of there before the night watchmen take their positions. Then you will escape to the city of Mantua, where you’ll live until we can make your marriage public and make peace between your families. We’ll ask the Prince to pardon you. Then we’ll welcome you back with twenty thousand times more joy than you’ll have when you leave this town crying. Go ahead, Nurse. Give my regards to your lady, and tell her to hurry everybody in the house to bed. I’m sure they’re all so sad that they’ll be ready to sleep. Romeo is coming.

NURSE

O Lord, I could have stayed here all the night
160To hear good counsel. Oh, what learning is!
My lord, I’ll tell my lady you will come.

NURSE

O Lord, I could stay here all night listening to such good advice. Educated men are so impressive! (speaking to ROMEO) My lord, I’ll tell my lady you will come.

ROMEO

Do so, and bid my sweet prepare to chide.

ROMEO

Do so, and tell my sweet to be ready to scold me.

NURSE

Here, sir, a ring she bid me give you, sir.
(gives ROMEO JULIET’s ring)
165Hie you, make haste, for it grows very late.

NURSE

Here, sir, this is a ring she asked me to give you. Hurry up, it’s getting late. (she gives ROMEO JULIET’s ring)
Exit NURSE
The NURSE exits.

ROMEO

How well my comfort is revived by this!

ROMEO

This makes me feel so much better!