Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

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See where she comes from shrift with merry look.
Look, she’s come home from confession with a happy look on her face.
How now, my headstrong? Where have you been gadding?
So, my headstrong daughter, where have you been?
Where I have learned me to repent the sin
15Of disobedient opposition
To you and your behests, and am enjoined
By holy Lawrence to fall prostrate here
To beg your pardon. (falls to her knees)
Pardon, I beseech you!
20Henceforward I am ever ruled by you.
I went somewhere where I learned that being disobedient to my father is a sin. Holy Father Lawrence instructed me to fall on my knees and beg your forgiveness. (she kneels down) Forgive me, I beg you. From now on I’ll do whatever you say.
Send for the county. Go tell him of this.
I’ll have this knot knit up tomorrow morning.
Send for the Count. Go tell him about this. I’ll make this wedding happen tomorrow morning.
I met the youthful lord at Lawrence' cell,
And gave him what becomèd love I might,
25Not stepping o'er the bounds of modesty.
I met the young man at Lawrence’s cell. I treated him with the proper love, as well as I could, while still being modest.
Why, I am glad on ’t. This is well. Stand up.
Well, I’m glad about this. This is good. Stand up.
JULIET stands up
JULIET stands up.
This is as ’t should be.—Let me see the county.
Ay, marry, go, I say, and fetch him hither.—
Now, afore God, this reverend holy friar!
30Our whole city is much bound to him.
This is the way it should be. I want to see the count. Yes, alright, go, I say, and bring him here. Now, before God, our whole city owes this friar a great debt.
Nurse, will you go with me into my closet
To help me sort such needful ornaments
As you think fit to furnish me tomorrow?
Nurse, will you come with me to my closet and help me pick out the clothes and the jewelry I’ll need to wear tomorrow?