Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 5

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JULIET

65Who is ’t that calls? Is it my lady mother?
Is she not down so late or up so early?
What unaccustomed cause procures her hither?

JULIET

Who’s that calling? Is it my mother? Isn’t she up very late? Or is she up very early? What strange reason could she have for coming here?
Enter LADY CAPULET
LADY CAPULET enters.

LADY CAPULET

Why, how now, Juliet?

LADY CAPULET

What’s going on, Juliet?

JULIET

     Madam, I am not well.

JULIET

Madam, I am not well.

LADY CAPULET

Evermore weeping for your cousin’s death?
70What, wilt thou wash him from his grave with tears?
An if thou couldst, thou couldst not make him live.
Therefore, have done. Some grief shows much of love,
But much of grief shows still some want of wit.

LADY CAPULET

Will you cry about your cousin’s death forever? Are you trying to wash him out of his grave with tears? If you could, you couldn’t bring him back to life. So stop crying. A little bit of grief shows a lot of love. But too much grief makes you look stupid.

JULIET

Yet let me weep for such a feeling loss.

JULIET

Let me keep weeping for such a great loss.

LADY CAPULET

75So shall you feel the loss, but not the friend
Which you weep for.

LADY CAPULET

You will feel the loss, but the man you weep for will feel nothing.

JULIET

     Feeling so the loss,
Cannot choose but ever weep the friend.

JULIET

Feeling the loss like this, I can’t help but weep for him forever.

LADY CAPULET

Well, girl, thou weep’st not so much for his death,
As that the villain lives which slaughtered him.

LADY CAPULET

Well, girl, you’re weeping not for his death as much as for the fact that the villain who killed him is still alive.

JULIET

80What villain, madam?

JULIET

What villain, madam?

LADY CAPULET

     That same villain, Romeo.

LADY CAPULET

That villain, Romeo.