Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

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ROMEO

Is it e'en so? Then I defy you, stars!
25Thou know’st my lodging. Get me ink and paper,
And hire post horses. I will hence tonight.

ROMEO

Is it really true? Then I rebel against you, stars! You know where I live. Get me some ink and paper, and hire some horses to ride. I will leave here for Verona tonight.

BALTHASAR

I do beseech you, sir, have patience.
Your looks are pale and wild, and do import
Some misadventure.

BALTHASAR

Please, sir, have patience. You look pale and wild as if you’re going to hurt yourself.

ROMEO

30Tush, thou art deceived.
Leave me and do the thing I bid thee do.
Hast thou no letters to me from the friar?

ROMEO

Tsk, you’re wrong. Leave me and do what I told you to do. Don’t you have a letter for me from the friar?

BALTHASAR

No, my good lord.

BALTHASAR

No, my good lord.

ROMEO

No matter. Get thee gone,
35And hire those horses. I’ll be with thee straight.

ROMEO

No matter. Get on your way and hire those horses. I’ll be with you right away.
Exit BALTHASAR
BALTHASAR exits.
Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight.
Let’s see for means. O mischief, thou art swift
To enter in the thoughts of desperate men!
I do remember an apothecary—
40And hereabouts he dwells—which late I noted
In tattered weeds, with overwhelming brows,
Culling of simples. Meager were his looks,
Sharp misery had worn him to the bones,
And in his needy shop a tortoise hung,
45An alligator stuffed, and other skins
Of ill-shaped fishes; and about his shelves
A beggarly account of empty boxes,
Green earthen pots, bladders and musty seeds,
Remnants of packthread and old cakes of roses,
50Were thinly scattered to make up a show.
Well, Juliet, I’ll lie with you tonight. Let’s see how. Destructive thoughts come quickly to the minds of desperate men! I remember a pharmacist who lives nearby. I remember he wears shabby clothes and has bushy eyebrows. He makes drugs from herbs. He looks poor and miserable and worn out to the bone. He had a tortoise shell hanging up in his shop as well as a stuffed alligator and other skins of strange fish. There were a few empty boxes on his shelves, as well as green clay pots, and some musty seeds. There were a few strands of string and mashed rose petals on display.