Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter CAPULET, LADY CAPULET, NURSE, and two or three SERVINGMEN
CAPULET enters with LADY CAPULET, the NURSE, and two or three SERVINGMEN.

CAPULET

(gives paper to FIRST SERVINGMAN) So many guests invite as here are writ.

CAPULET

(giving the FIRST SERVINGMAN a piece of paper) Invite all the guests on this list.
Exit FIRST SERVINGMAN
The FIRST SERVINGMAN exits.
(to SECOND SERVINGMAN) Sirrah, go hire me twenty cunning cooks.
(to SECOND SERVINGMAN) Boy, go hire twenty skilled cooks.

SECOND SERVINGMAN

You shall have none ill, sir, for I’ll try if they can lick their fingers.

SECOND SERVINGMAN

You won’t get any bad cooks from me. I’ll test them by making them lick their fingers.

CAPULET

How canst thou try them so?

CAPULET

How can you test them like that?

SECOND SERVINGMAN

5Marry, sir, ’tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers. Therefore he that cannot lick his fingers goes not with me.

SECOND SERVINGMAN

Easy, sir. It’s a bad cook who can’t lick his own fingers. So the cooks who can’t lick their fingers aren’t hired.

CAPULET

Go, be gone.
We shall be much unfurnished for this time.

CAPULET

Go, get out of here.
Exit SECOND SERVINGMAN
The SECOND SERVINGMAN exits.
What, is my daughter gone to Friar Lawrence?
We’re unprepared for this wedding celebration. (to the NURSE) What, has my daughter gone to see Friar Lawrence?

NURSE

Ay, forsooth.

NURSE

Yes, that’s true.

CAPULET

10Well, he may chance to do some good on her.
A peevish self-willed harlotry it is.

CAPULET

Well, there’s a chance he may do her some good. She’s a stubborn little brat.
Enter JULIET
JULIET enters.