Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

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PARIS
20That “may be” must be, love, on Thursday next.
PARIS
That “may be” must be, love, on Thursday.
JULIET
What must be shall be.
JULIET
What must be will be.
FRIAR LAWRENCE
That’s a certain text.
FRIAR LAWRENCE
That is a certain truth.
PARIS
Come you to make confession to this Father?
PARIS
Have you come to make confession to this father?
JULIET
To answer that, I should confess to you.
JULIET
If I answered that question, I’d be making confession to you.
PARIS
25Do not deny to him that you love me.
PARIS
Don’t deny to him that you love me.
JULIET
I will confess to you that I love him.
JULIET
I’ll confess to you that I love him.
PARIS
So will ye, I am sure, that you love me.
PARIS
You will also confess, I’m sure, that you love me.
JULIET
If I do so, it will be of more price
Being spoke behind your back than to your face.
JULIET
If I do so, it will mean more if I say it behind your back than if I say it to your face.
PARIS
30Poor soul, thy face is much abused with tears.
PARIS
You poor soul, your face has suffered many tears.
JULIET
The tears have got small victory by that,
For it was bad enough before their spite.
JULIET
The tears haven’t done much because my face looked bad enough before I started to cry.
PARIS
Thou wrong’st it more than tears with that report.
PARIS
You’re treating your face even worse by saying that.
JULIET
That is no slander, sir, which is a truth,
35And what I spake, I spake it to my face.
JULIET
What I say isn’t slander, sir. It’s the truth. And what I said, I said to my face.
PARIS
Thy face is mine, and thou hast slandered it.
PARIS
Your face is mine, and you have slandered it.
JULIET
It may be so, for it is not mine own.—
Are you at leisure, holy Father, now,
Or shall I come to you at evening mass?
JULIET
That may be the case, because my face doesn’t belong to me.—Do you have time for me now, Father, or should I come to you at evening mass?