Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 2

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Seigneur Valentio and his cousin Tybalt;
Lucio and the lively Helena.”
A fair assembly. Whither should they come?
Signor Valentio and his cousin Tybalt,
Lucio and the lively Helena.”
That’s a nice group of people. Where are they supposed to come?

PETER

75Up.

PETER

Up.

ROMEO

Whither? To supper?

ROMEO

Where? To supper?

PETER

To our house.

PETER

To our house.

ROMEO

Whose house?

ROMEO

Whose house?

PETER

My master’s.

PETER

My master’s house.

ROMEO

80Indeed, I should have asked thee that before.

ROMEO

Indeed, I should have asked you before who he was.

PETER

Now I’ll tell you without asking. My master is the great rich Capulet, and if you be not of the house of Montagues, I pray come and crush a cup of wine. Rest you merry!

PETER

Now I’ll tell you so you don’t have to ask. My master is the great and rich Capulet, and if you don’t belong to the house of Montague, please come and drink a cup of wine. Have a nice day!
Exit PETER
PETER exits.

BENVOLIO

At this same ancient feast of Capulet’s
85Sups the fair Rosaline whom thou so loves
With all the admired beauties of Verona.
Go thither, and with unattainted eye
Compare her face with some that I shall show,
And I will make thee think thy swan a crow.

BENVOLIO

The beautiful Rosaline whom you love so much will be at Capulet’s traditional feast, along with every beautiful woman in Verona. Go there and compare her objectively to some other girls I’ll show you. The woman who you think is as beautiful as a swan is going to look as ugly as a crow to you.

ROMEO

90When the devout religion of mine eye
Maintains such falsehood, then turn tears to fires,
And these, who, often drowned, could never die,
Transparent heretics, be burnt for liars!
One fairer than my love? The all-seeing sun
95Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun.

ROMEO

If my eyes ever lie to me like that, let my tears turn into flames and burn them for being such obvious liars! A woman more beautiful than the one I love? The sun itself has never seen anyone as beautiful since the world began.