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In this resolve : I'll send a friar with speed
Jul. Love, give me strength! and strength shall help afford. Farewell, dear father!
SCENE II.-A Room in Capulet's House. Enter CAPULET, LADY CAPULET, Nurse, and Servants.
Cap. So many guests invite as here are writ.—[Exit Serv. Sirrah, go hire me twenty cunning cooks.”
2 Serv. You shall have none ill, sir; for I'll try if they can lick their fingers.
Cap. How canst thou try them so ?
2 Serv. Marry, sir, ’t is an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers : therefore he that cannot lick his fingers goes not with me. Cap. Go, begone.
Exit Servant. We shall be much unfurnish'd for this time.What, is my daughter gone to friar Laurence ?
Nurse. Ay, forsooth.
Cap. Well, he may chance to do some good on her: A peevish self-will’d harlotry it is.
Nurse. See, where she comes from shrift with merry
look. Cap. How now, my headstrong? where have you been
Cap. Send for the county ; go tell him of this;
Jul. I met the youthful lord at Laurence' cell ;
Cap. Why, I am glad on 't; this is well, -stand up:
Jul. Nurse, will you go with me into my closet,
think fit to furnish me to-morrow ? La. Cap. No, not till Thursday; there is time enough. Cap. Go, nurse, go with her :-we'll to church to-morrow.
[Exeunt Juliet and Nurse. La. Cap. We shall be short in our provision; ”T is now near night. Cap.
Tush! I will stir about, And all things shall be well, I warrant thee, wife: Go thou to Juliet, help to deck up her; I 'll not to bed to-night ;-let me alone ; I'll play the housewife for this once.—What, ho!-They are all forth : Well, I will walk myself To county Paris, to prepare him up Against to-morrow: my heart is wondrous light, Since this same wayward girl is so reclaim'd. [Exeunt.
SCENE III.-Juliet's Chamber.
Enter JULIET and Nurse.
Enter Lady CAPULET.
Jul. No, madam; we have cull'd such necessaries
(A), Do you need my help?
For, I am sure, you have your hands full all,
[Exeunt LADY CAPULET and Nurse.
[Laying down a dagger.
a This speech of Juliet, like many others of the great passages throughout the play, received the most careful elaboration and the most minute touching. In the first edition it occupies only eighteen lines; it extends to forty-five in the "amended ” edition of 1599. And yet the modern editors will make a patchwork of the two. This line in (A) is thus :
“ Must I of force be married to the county ?" The line which follows lower down
“ I will not entertain so bad a thought"Steevens says he has recovered from the quarto. We print the eighteen lines of the original, that the reader may see with what consummate skill the author's corrections have been made :
“ Farewell, God knows when we shall meet again,
Ah, I do take a fearful thing in hand.
What if it be a poison, which the friar
[She throws herself on the bed. SCENE IV.–Capulet's Hall.
Enter LADY CAPULET and Nurse. La. Cap. Hold, take these keys, and fetch more spices,
Nurse. They call for dates and quinces in the pastry.
Go, you cot-quean, go.
Cap. No, not a whit; What! I have watch'd ere now
La. Cap. Ay, you have been a mouse-hunt in your time; But I will watch you from such watching now.
Exeunt LADY CAPULET and Nurse. Cap. A jealous-hood, a jealous-hood !—Now, fellow, What's there?
Enter Servants, with spits, logs, and baskets. 1 Serv. Things for the cook, sir ; but I know not what. Cap. Make haste, make haste. [Exit 1 Serv.]-Sirrah,
fetch drier logs; Call Peter, he will show thee where they are.
2 Serv. I have a head, sir, that will find out logs, And never trouble Peter for the matter.
Erit. Cap. 'Mass, and well said ; A merry whoreson! ha, Thou shalt be loggerhead. --Good father, 't is day: The county will be here with music straight, [Music within. For so he said he would. I hear him near : Nurse!
_Wife! - what, ho!_what, nurse, I say !