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were a very gross kind of behavior, 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.
Ro. 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. Ro. 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.
Ro. Bid her devise some means to come to shrift 1
Nurse. No, truly, sir, not a penny.
shall. Nurse. This afternoon, sir ? well, she shall be
there. Ro. And stay, good nurse, behind the abbey
Farewell !_Commend me to thy mistress.
Nurse. Now God in heaven bless thee !-Hark
Ro. What say'st thou, my dear nurse?
Ro. 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 lief 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?
Ro. 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. Ro. Commend me to thy lady.
[Erit. Nurse. Ay, a thousand times.-Peter! Peter. Anon? Nurse. Peter, take my fan, and go
Enter NURSE and PETER.
O God, she comes !-O honey nurse, what news ? Hast thou met with him ? Send thy man away.
Nurse. Peter, stay at the gate. [Exit Peter.
look'st thou sad?
Nurse. I am aweary; give me leave a while :
had! Ju. I would, thou hadst my bones, and I thy
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? Ju. 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?
Ju. No, no: but all this did I know before. What says he of our marriage? what of that? Nurse. Lord, how my head aches ! what a head
have I! It beats as it would fall in twenty pieces. My back o' t' other side ;—0, my back, my back! Beshrewd your heart, for sending me about, To catch my death with jaunting up and down!
Ju. l' 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? Ju. Where is my mother ?-why, she is within ; Where should she be? How oddly thou repliest ! • Your love says like an honest gentleman,Where is your mother?' Nurse.
0, God's lady dear! Are you so hot? Marry, come up, I trow ! Is this the poultice for my aching bones ? Henceforward do your messages yourself. Ju. Here's such a coil ! ? Come, what says
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