Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 5

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NURSE

   Faith, here it is.
Romeo is banishèd, and all the world to nothing
215That he dares ne'er come back to challenge you.
Or, if he do, it needs must be by stealth.
Then, since the case so stands as now it doth,
I think it best you married with the county.
Oh, he’s a lovely gentleman.
220Romeo’s a dishclout to him. An eagle, madam,
Hath not so green, so quick, so fair an eye
As Paris hath. Beshrew my very heart,
I think you are happy in this second match,
For it excels your first. Or if it did not,
225Your first is dead, or ’twere as good he were,
As living here and you no use of him.

NURSE

This is what I have to say: Romeo has been banished. And it’s a sure thing that he will never come back to challenge you. If he does come back, he’ll have to sneak back undercover. Then, since things are the way they are, I think the best thing to do is to marry the count. Oh, he’s a lovely gentleman! Romeo’s a dishcloth compared to him. Madam, an eagle does not have eyes as green, as quick, and as fair as the eyes of Paris. Curse my very heart, but I think you should be happy in this second marriage, because it’s better than your first. Even if it’s not better, your first marriage is over. Or if Romeo is as good as Paris, Romeo doesn’t live here, so you don’t get to enjoy him.

JULIET

Speakest thou from thy heart?

JULIET

Are you speaking from your heart?

NURSE

And from my soul too, else beshrew them both.

NURSE

I speak from my heart and from my soul too. If not, curse them both.

JULIET

Amen!

JULIET

Amen!

NURSE

230What?

NURSE

What?

JULIET

Well, thou hast comforted me marvelous much.
Go in, and tell my lady I am gone,
Having displeased my father, to Lawrence’s cell
To make confession and to be absolved.

JULIET

Well, you have given me great comfort. Go inside and tell my mother that I’m gone. I made my father angry, so I went to Friar Lawrence’s cell to confess and be forgiven.

NURSE

235Marry, I will, and this is wisely done.

NURSE

Alright, I will. This is a good idea.
Exit NURSE
The NURSE exits.