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Act 4, Scene 4


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Enter LADY CAPULET and NURSE

LADY CAPULET and the NURSE enter.  

 

LADY CAPULET
Hold, take these keys, and fetch more spices, Nurse.

LADY CAPULET
Wait. Take these keys and go get more spices, Nurse.

 

NURSE
They call for dates and quinces in the pastry.

NURSE
They’re calling for dates and quinces in the kitchen.

 

Enter CAPULET

CAPULET enters.  

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CAPULET
Come, stir, stir, stir! The second cock hath crowed.
The curfew bell hath rung. ‘Tis three o’clock.—
Look to the baked meats, good Angelica.
Spare not for the cost.

CAPULET
Come on, get moving, get moving, get moving! The second cock has crowed. The curfew-bell has rung. It’s three o’clock. Go get the baked meats, good Angelica. Don’t worry about the cost.





 

NURSE
        Go, you cot-quean, go.
Get you to bed, faith. You’ll be sick tomorrow
For this night’s watching.

NURSE
Oh, you cottage housewife, you. Go to bed, my God. You’ll be sick tomorrow from staying up all night.

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CAPULET
No, not a whit, what. I have watched ere now
All night for lesser cause, and ne’er been sick.

CAPULET
No, no, not at all. I’ve stayed up all night before for less important reasons, and never gotten sick from it.




 

LADY CAPULET
Ay, you have been a mouse-hunt in your time,
But I will watch you from such watching now.

LADY CAPULET
Yes, you were a woman-chaser in your time. But I’ll keep an eye on you to make sure you don’t stay up for those reasons any more.

 

Exeunt LADY CAPULET and NURSE

LADY CAPULET and the NURSE exit.  

 

CAPULET
A jealous hood, a jealous hood!

CAPULET
She has become a jealous woman, a jealous woman!

 

Enter three or four SERVINGMEN with spits and logs and baskets

Three or four SERVINGMEN enter carrying spits, logs, and baskets.  

 

               Now, fellow,
What is there?

Now, fellow, what are you carrying?

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FIRST SERVINGMAN
Things for the cook, sir, but I know not what.

FIRST SERVINGMAN
Things for the cook, sir. But I don’t know exactly.

 

CAPULET
Make haste, make haste, sirrah.

CAPULET
Hurry up, hurry up.

 

Exit FIRST SERVINGMAN

The FIRST SERVINGMAN exits.  

 

(to SECOND SERVINGMAN) Fetch drier logs.
Call Peter. He will show thee where they are.

(to SECOND SERVINGMAN) Fetch logs that are drier. Call Peter. He’ll show you where they are.

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SECOND SERVINGMAN
I have a head, sir, that will find out logs,
And never trouble Peter for the matter.

SECOND SERVINGMAN
I can find the logs without bothering Peter.

 

Exit SECOND SERVINGMAN

The SECOND SERVINGMAN exits.  






 

CAPULET
Mass, and well said. A merry whoreson, ha!
Thou shalt be loggerhead.—Good faith, ’tis day.
The county will be here with music straight,
For so he said he would. I hear him near.—

CAPULET
Right, and well said. What a funny son of a whore that guy is, ha! His head is full of logs. My God, it’s day time. The count will be here soon with music, as he said he would. I hear him coming.

 

Music plays within

Music plays offstage.  

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Nurse! Wife! What, ho? What, Nurse, I say!

Nurse! Wife! What? Nurse!

 

Enter NURSE

The NURSE returns.  





 

Go waken Juliet. Go and trim her up.
I’ll go and chat with Paris. Hie, make haste,
Make haste. The bridegroom he is come already.
Make haste, I say.

Go wake Juliet and get her dressed. I’ll go and chat with Paris. Go, hurry up, hurry up! The bridegroom is here already. Hurry up, I say.

 

Exeunt

All exit.  

 

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