Romeo and Juliet

by: William Shakespeare

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JULIET

Come hither, Nurse. What is yond gentleman?

JULIET

Come over here, nurse. Who is that gentleman?

NURSE

The son and heir of old Tiberio.

NURSE

He is the son and heir of old Tiberio.

JULIET

130What’s he that now is going out of door?

JULIET

Who’s the one who’s going out the door right now?

NURSE

Marry, that, I think, be young Petruchio.

NURSE

Well, that one, I think, is young Petruchio.

JULIET

What’s he that follows here, that would not dance?

JULIET

Who’s the one following over there, the one who wouldn’t dance?

NURSE

I know not.

NURSE

I don’t know his name.

JULIET

Go ask his name.—If he be married.
135My grave is like to be my wedding bed.

JULIET

Go ask. (the nurse leaves) If he’s married, I think I’ll die rather than marry anyone else.

NURSE

His name is Romeo, and a Montague,
The only son of your great enemy.

NURSE

(returning) His name is Romeo. He’s a Montague. He’s the only son of your worst enemy.

JULIET

(aside) My only love sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
140Prodigious birth of love it is to me,
That I must love a loathèd enemy.

JULIET

(to herself) The only man I love is the son of the only man I hate! I saw him too early without knowing who he was, and I found out who he was too late! Love is a monster for making me fall in love with my worst enemy.

NURSE

What’s this? What’s this?

NURSE

What’s this? What’s this?

JULIET

     A rhyme I learned even now
Of one I danced withal.

JULIET

Just a rhyme I learned from somebody I danced with at the party.
One calls within “Juliet!”
Somebody calls, “Juliet!” from offstage.

NURSE

     Anon, anon!
Come, let’s away. The strangers all are gone.

NURSE

Right away, right away. Come, let’s go. The strangers are all gone.
Exeunt
They exit.