Romeo and Juliet


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Juliet and Nurse
attire (n.) head-dress
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind


JULIET

Ay, those attires are best. But, gentle Nurse,

I pray thee leave me to myself tonight.

For I have need of many orisons
orison (n.) prayer, plea

To move the heavens to smile upon my state,

Which, well thou knowest, is cross and full of sin.
cross (adj.) 1 perverse, contrarious, contradictory

Enter Lady Capulet


LADY CAPULET

What, are you busy, ho? Need you my help?


JULIET

No, madam. We have culled such necessaries
cull (v.) select, pick out, choose

As are behoveful for our state tomorrow.
behoveful, behoofeful (adj.) needful, necessary, useful
state (n.) 5 ceremony, celebration

So please you, let me now be left alone,

And let the Nurse this night sit up with you.

For I am sure you have your hands full all

In this so sudden business.


LADY CAPULET

                         Good night.

Go thee to bed, and rest. For thou hast need.

Exeunt Lady Capulet and Nurse


JULIET

Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again.

I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins
faint (adj.) 2 faint-hearted, timorous, fearful
thrill (v.) 2 pass like a shiver, tremble

That almost freezes up the heat of life.

I'll call them back again to comfort me.

Nurse! – What should she do here?

My dismal scene I needs must act alone.
dismal (adj.) 1 disastrous, calamitous, devastating

Come, vial.
vial (n.) phial, small bottle, flask

What if this mixture do not work at all?

Shall I be married then tomorrow morning?

No, no! This shall forbid it. Lie thou there.

She lays down a knife

What if it be a poison which the Friar

Subtly hath ministered to have me dead,
subtly, subtilly (adv.) deceitfully, treacherously, deceptively

Lest in this marriage he should be dishonoured

Because he married me before to Romeo?

I fear it is. And yet methinks it should not,
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

For he hath still been tried a holy man.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count
try (v.) 1 prove, ascertain, find out

How if, when I am laid into the tomb,

I wake before the time that Romeo

Come to redeem me? There's a fearful point!

Shall I not then be stifled in the vault,

To whose foul mouth no healthsome air breathes in,

And there die strangled ere my Romeo comes?

Or, if I live, is it not very like
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count

The horrible conceit of death and night,
conceit (n.) 2 imagining, brooding, fanciful thinking

Together with the terror of the place –

As in a vault, an ancient receptacle
receptacle (n.) repository, storehouse, receiving-chamber

Where for this many hundred years the bones

Of all my buried ancestors are packed;

Where bloody Tybalt, yet but green in earth,
green (adj.) 1 fresh, recent, new

Lies festering in his shroud; where, as they say,
fester (v.) corrupt, putrify, rot

At some hours in the night spirits resort –

Alack, alack, is it not like that I,

So early waking – what with loathsome smells,

And shrieks like mandrakes torn out of the earth,
mandrake (n.) 1 variety of poisonous plant [thought to emit a lethal shriek when pulled from the ground]

That living mortals, hearing them, run mad –

O, if I wake, shall I not be distraught,

Environed with all these hideous fears,
environ (v.) surround, envelop, encircle, engulf

And madly play with my forefathers' joints,

And pluck the mangled Tybalt from his shroud,

And, in this rage, with some great kinsman's bone
rage (n.) 4 madness, insanity, derangement

As with a club dash out my desperate brains?

O, look! Methinks I see my cousin's ghost
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

Seeking out Romeo, that did spit his body

Upon a rapier's point. Stay, Tybalt, stay!
stay (v.) 9 stop, halt, come to a standstill

Romeo, Romeo, Romeo.

Here's drink. I drink to thee.

She falls upon her bed within the curtains

 
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