Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter SAMPSON and GREGORY of the house of Capulet, with swords and bucklers
SAMPSON and GREGORY, servants of the Capulet family, enter carrying swords and small shields.

SAMPSON

Gregory, on my word, we’ll not carry coals.

SAMPSON

Gregory, I swear, we can’t let them humiliate us. We won’t take their garbage.

GREGORY

No, for then we should be colliers.

GREGORY

(teasing SAMPSON) No, because then we’d be garbagemen.

SAMPSON

I mean, an we be in choler, we’ll draw.

SAMPSON

What I mean is, if they make us angry we’ll pull out our swords.

GREGORY

Ay, while you live, draw your neck out of collar.

GREGORY

Maybe you should focus on pulling yourself out of trouble, Sampson.

SAMPSON

5I strike quickly, being moved.

SAMPSON

I hit hard when I’m angry.

GREGORY

But thou art not quickly moved to strike.

GREGORY

SAMPSON

A dog of the house of Montague moves me.

SAMPSON

One of those dogs from the Montague house can make me angry.

GREGORY

To move is to stir, and to be valiant is to stand.
Therefore if thou art moved thou runn’st away.

GREGORY

Angry enough to run away. You won’t stand and fight.

SAMPSON

10A dog of that house shall move me to stand. I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague’s.

SAMPSON

A dog from that house will make me angry enough to take a stand. If I pass one of them on the street, I’ll take the side closer to the wall and let him walk in the gutter.