Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter LADY CAPULET and NURSE
LADY CAPULET and the NURSE enter.

LADY CAPULET

Hold, take these keys, and fetch more spices, Nurse.

LADY CAPULET

Wait. Take these keys and get more spices, Nurse.

NURSE

They call for dates and quinces in the pastry.

NURSE

They’re calling for dates and quinces in the pastry kitchen.
Enter CAPULET
CAPULET enters.

CAPULET

Come, stir, stir, stir! The second cock hath crowed.
The curfew bell hath rung. 'Tis three o'clock.—
5Look to the baked meats, good Angelica.
Spare not for the cost.

CAPULET

Come on, wake up, wake up, wake up! The second cock crowed. The curfew-bell rang. It’s three o'clock. Go get the baked meats, good Angelica. Don’t worry about the cost.

NURSE

     Go, you cot-quean, go.
Get you to bed, faith. You’ll be sick tomorrow
For this night’s watching.

NURSE

Go, you old housewife, go. Go to bed, dear. You’ll be sick tomorrow because you’ve stayed up all night.

CAPULET

No, not a whit, what. I have watched ere now
10All night for lesser cause, and ne'er been sick.

CAPULET

No, not at all. What? I’ve stayed up all night many times before for less important matters, and I’ve never gotten sick.

LADY CAPULET

Ay, you have been a mouse-hunt in your time,
But I will watch you from such watching now.

LADY CAPULET

Yes, you’ve been a ladies' man in your time. But I’ll make sure you don’t stay up any later now.
Exeunt LADY CAPULET and NURSE
LADY CAPULET and the NURSE exit.

CAPULET

A jealous hood, a jealous hood!

CAPULET

A jealous woman, a jealous woman!
Enter three or four SERVINGMEN with spits and logs and baskets
Three or four SERVINGMEN enter with spits, logs, and baskets.
     Now, fellow,
What is there?
Now, fellow, what have you got there?