Books and fish (1.3.90-96)

LADY CAPULET         The fish lives in the sea, and ’tis much pride                                     For fair without the fair within to hide;                                     That book in many’s eyes doth share the glory                                     That in gold clasps locks in the golden story:                                     So shall you share all that he doth possess,                                     By having him, […]

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Book of love (1.3.80-89)

LADY CAPULET         What say you, can you love the gentleman?                                     This night you shall behold him at our feast;                                     Read o’er the volume of young Paris’ face,                                     And find delight writ there with beauty’s pen;                                     Examine every married lineament,                                     And see how one another lends content;                                     And what obscured […]

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A man of wax (1.3.70-79)

LADY CAPULET         Well, think of marriage now; younger than you,                                     Here in Verona, ladies of esteem,                                     Are made already mothers. By my count,                                     I was your mother much upon these years                                     That you are now a maid. Thus then in brief:                                     The valiant Paris seeks you for his love. NURSE                        […]

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Marry is the very theme (1.3.60-69)

NURSE                        Peace, I have done. God mark thee to his grace,                                     Thou wast the prettiest babe that e’er I nursed.                                     And I might live to see thee married once,                                     I have my wish. LADY CAPULET         Marry, that ‘marry’ is the very theme                                     I came to talk of. Tell me, my daughter […]

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Said Ay… (1.3.50-59)

LADY CAPULET         Enough of this, I pray thee hold thy peace. NURSE                        Yes, madam, yet I cannot choose but laugh,                                     To think it should leave crying and say ‘Ay’:                                     And yet I warrant it had upon it brow                                     A bump as big as a young cock’rel’s stone,                                     A perilous knock, and […]

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Falling backward (1.3.34-49)

NURSE            ‘Shake!’ quoth the dove-house; ’twas no need, I trow,                         To bid me trudge.                         And since that time it is eleven years,                         For then she could stand high-lone; nay, by th’rood,                         She could have run and waddled all about;                         For even the day before, she broke her brow,                         And […]

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Earthquakes and weaning (1.3.24-33)

NURSE            ’Tis since the earthquake now eleven years,                         And she was weaned – I never shall forget it –                         Of all the days of the year, upon that day;                         For I had then laid wormwood to my dug,                         Sitting in the sun under the dove-house wall.                         My lord and you […]

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Lammas-tide, and Susan (1.3.15-23)

NURSE                        How long is it now                                     To Lammas-tide? LADY CAPULET                                             A fortnight and odd days. NURSE                        Even or odd, of all days in the year,                                     Come Lammas-eve at night shall she be fourteen.                                     Susan and she – God rest all Christian souls! –                                     Were of an age. Well, Susan is with […]

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A pretty age (1.3.8-15)

LADY CAPULET         This is the matter. Nurse, give leave a while,                                     We must talk in secret. Nurse, come back again,                                     I have remembered me, thou s’ hear our counsel.                                     Thou knowest my daughter’s of a pretty age. NURSE                        Faith, I can tell her age unto an hour. LADY CAPULET         She’s not fourteen. […]

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Juliet! (1.3.1-7)

Enter CAPULET’S WIFE and NURSE LADY CAPULET         Nurse, where’s my daughter? call her forth to me. NURSE                        Now by my maidenhead at twelve year old, I bade her come. What, lamb! What, ladybird God forbid, where’s this girl? What, Juliet! Enter JULIET JULIET                                    How now, who calls? NURSE                        Your mother. JULIET                                    Madam, I am here, […]

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