Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 3

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LADY CAPULET

Verona’s summer hath not such a flower.

LADY CAPULET

Summertime in Verona has no flower as fine as him.

NURSE

80Nay, he’s a flower. In faith, a very flower.

NURSE

No, he’s a fine flower, truly, a flower.

LADY CAPULET

What say you? Can you love the gentleman?
This night you shall behold him at our feast.
Read o'er the volume of young Paris' face
And find delight writ there with beauty’s pen.
85Examine every married lineament
And see how one another lends content,
And what obscured in this fair volume lies
Find written in the margin of his eyes.
This precious book of love, this unbound lover,
90To beautify him only lacks a cover.
The fish lives in the sea, and ’tis much pride
For fair without the fair within to hide.
That book in many’s eyes doth share the glory
That in gold clasps locks in the golden story.
95So shall you share all that he doth possess
By having him, making yourself no less.

LADY CAPULET

(to JULIET) What do you say? Can you love this gentleman? Tonight you’ll see him at our feast. Study Paris’s face and find pleasure in his beauty. Examine every line of his features and see how they work together to make him handsome. If you are confused, just look into his eyes. This man is single, and he lacks only a bride to make him perfect and complete. As is right, fish live in the sea, and it’s wrong for a beauty like you to hide from a handsome man like him. Many people think he’s handsome, and whoever becomes his bride will be just as admired. You would share all that he possesses, and by having him, you would lose nothing.

NURSE

No less? Nay, bigger. Women grow by men.

NURSE

Lose nothing? In fact, you’d get bigger. Men make women bigger by getting them pregnant.

LADY CAPULET

Speak briefly. Can you like of Paris, love?

LADY CAPULET

(to JULIET) Give us a quick answer. Can you accept Paris’s love?

JULIET

I’ll look to like if looking liking move.
100But no more deep will I endart mine eye
Than your consent gives strength to make it fly.

JULIET

I’ll look at him and try to like him, at least if what I see is likable. But I won’t let myself fall for him any more than your permission allows.
Enter PETER
PETER enters.