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if I see occasion in a good quarrel, and the law on my side.
Nurse. Now, afore God, I am so vexed, that every part about me quivers. Scurvy knave!Pray you, sir, a word: and as I told you, my young lady bade me inquire you out; what she bade me say, I will keep to myself: but first let me tell ye, if ye should lead her into a fool's paradise, as they say, it were a very gross kind of behaviour, as they say: for the gentlewoman is young; and, therefore, if you should deal double with her, truly, it were an ill thing to be offered to any gentlewoman, and very weak dealing.
Rom. Nurse, commend me to thy lady and mistress. I protest unto thee,
Nurse. Good heart! and, i'faith, I will tell her as much: Lord, lord, she will be a joyful woman.
Rom. What wilt thou tell her, nurse? thou dost not mark me. · Nurse. I will tell her, sir,—that you do protest; which, as I take it, is a gentlemanlike offer.
Rom. Bid her devise some means to come to shrift
Nurse. No, truly, sir; not a penny.
Nurse. This afternoon, sir? well, she shall be there.
Rom. And stay, good nurse, behind the abbey-wall: Within this hour my man shall be with thee; And bring thee cords made like a tackled stair:5 Which to the high top-gallant of my joyo
' like a tackled stair ;] Like stairs of rope in the tackle of a ship.
o top-gallant of my joy-] The top-gallant is the highest extremity of the mast of a ship.
Must be my convoy in the secret night.
you, sir. Rom. What say'st thou, my dear nurse? Nurse. Is your man secret ? Did you ne'er hear
sayTwo may keep counsel, putting one away?
Rom. I warrant thee; my man's as true as steel.
Nurse. Well, sir; my mistress is the sweetest lady-Lord, lord!when 'twas a little prating thing,~0,-there's a nobleman in town, one Paris, that would fain lay knife aboard; but she, good soul, had as lieve see a toad, a very toad, as see him. I anger her sometimes, and tell her that Paris is the properer man; but, I'll warrant you, when I say so, she looks as pale as any clout in the varsal world. Doth not rosemary and Romeo begin both with a letter?
Rom. Ay, nurse; What of that? both with an R.
Nurse. Ah, mocker! that's the dog's name. R. is for the dog. No; I know it begins with some other letter: and she hath the prettiest sententious of it, of you and rosemary, that it would do you good to hear it.
Rom. Commend me to thy lady.
Enter Nurse and PETER.
Nursé. Peter, stay at the gate. (Exit PETER.
look'st thou sad?
Nurse. I am aweary, give me leave a while;
Jul. I would, thou hadst my bones, and I thy news: Nay, come, I pray thee, speak;-good, good nurse,
speak. Nurse. Jesu, What haste? can you not stay
awhile? Do you not see, that I am out of breath? Jul. How art thou out of breath, when thou hast
Nurse. Well, you have made a simple choice; you know not how to choose a man: Romeo! no, not he; though his face be better than any man's, yet his leg excels all men's; and for a hand, and a foot, and a body,--though they be not to be talked on, yet they are past compare: He is not the flower of courtesy,—but, I'll warrant him, as gentle as a lamb.-Go thy ways, wench; serve God.What, - have you dined at home?
Jul. No, no: But all this did I know before; What says he of our marriage? what of that?
Nurse. Lord, how my head akes! what a head
It beats as have I? " my head a
It beats as it would fall in twenty pieces,
Jul. I'faith, I am sorry that thou art not well: Sweet, sweet, sweet nurse, tell me, what says my
love? Nurse. Your love, says like an honest gentleman, And a courteous, and a kind, and a handsome, And, I warrant, a virtuous :-Where is your mother?
Jul. Where is my mother?-why, she is within; Where should she be? How oddly thou reply'st?
Your love says like an honest gentleman,-
O, God's lady dear!
Jul. Here's such a coil,-Come, what says Romeo?
Nurse. Then hie you hence to friar Laurence' cell,
Enter Friar LAURENCE and Romeo.
Rom. Amen, amen! but come what sorrow can,