Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Act 4, Scene 2

Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1597
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: Shakespeare, W. Romeo and Juliet New York: Sully and Kleinteich
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 11.0
  • Word Count: 425
  • Genre: Tragedy
  • Keywords: 16th century literature, british literature, drama, romance, tragedy
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SCENE. Hall in Capulet's house.

(Enter CAPULET, LADY CAPULET, Nurse, and two Servingmen)

So many guests invite as here are writ.

(Exit First Servant)

Sirrah, go hire me twenty cunning cooks.

Second Servant
You shall have none ill, sir; for I'll try if they
can lick their fingers.

How canst thou try them so?

Second Servant
Marry, sir, 'tis an ill cook that cannot lick his
own fingers: therefore he that cannot lick his
fingers goes not with me.

Go, be gone.

(Exit Second Servant)

We shall be much unfurnished for this time.
What, is my daughter gone to Friar Laurence?

Ay, forsooth.

Well, he may chance to do some good on her:
A peevish self-will'd harlotry it is.

See where she comes from shrift with merry look.

(Enter JULIET)

How now, my headstrong! where have you been gadding?

Where I have learn'd me to repent the sin
Of disobedient opposition
To you and your behests, and am enjoin'd
By holy Laurence to fall prostrate here,
And beg your pardon: pardon, I beseech you!
Henceforward I am ever ruled by you.

Send for the county; go tell him of this:
I'll have this knot knit up to-morrow morning.

I met the youthful lord at Laurence' cell;
And gave him what becomed love I might,
Not step o'er the bounds of modesty.

Why, I am glad on't; this is well: stand up:
This is as't should be. Let me see the county;
Ay, marry, go, I say, and fetch him hither.
Now, afore God! this reverend holy friar,
Our whole city is much bound to him.

Nurse, will you go with me into my closet,
To help me sort such needful ornaments
As you think fit to furnish me to-morrow?

No, not till Thursday; there is time enough.

Go, nurse, go with her: we'll to church to-morrow.

(Exeunt JULIET and Nurse)

We shall be short in our provision:
'Tis now near night.

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.