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?