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Shall play the umpire;' arbitrating that
Fri. Hold, daughter; I do spy a kind of hope,
Jul. O, bid me leap, rather than marry Paris, From off the battlements of yonder tower ; Or walk in thievish ways; or bid me lurk Where serpents are ; chain me with roaring bears ; Or shut me nightly in a charnel-house, O'er-cover'd quite with dead men's rattling bones, With reeky shanks, and yellow chapless sculls; Or bid me go into a new-made grave, And hide me with a dead man in his shroud ; Things that, to hear them told, have made me
tremble ; And I will do it without fear or doubt, To live an unstain'd wife to my sweet love.
Fri. Hold, then; go home, be merry, give consent To marry Paris : Wednesday is to-morrow; To-morrow night look that thou lie alone, Let not thy nurse lie with thee in thy, chamber : Take thou this phial, being then in bed, And this distilled liquor drink thou off ;
5 Shall play the umpire;] That is, this knife shall decide the struggle between me and
distresses. commiss'on of thy years and art --] Commission is for authority or power.
When, presently, through all thy veins shall run
Jul. Give me, O give me! tell me not of fear.
help afford. Farewell, dear father!
[E.reunt. If no unconstant toy, &c.] If no fickle freak, no light caprice, no change of fancy, hinder the performance.
A Room in Capulet's House.
Enter CAPULET, Lady CAPULET, Nurse, and
Servant. Cap. So many guests invite as here are writ.
[Exit Servant. Sirrah, go hire me twenty cunning cooks.*
2 Serv. You shall have none ill, sir ; for I'll try if they can lick their fingers.
Cap. How canst thou try them so?
2 Sero. Marry, sir, 'tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers : therefore he, that cannot lick his fingers, goes not with ine. Cap. Go, begone.
[Exit Servant. We shall be much unfurnish'd for this time. What, is my daughter gone to friar Laurence ?
Nurse. Ay, forsooth.
Enter JULIET. Nurse. See, where she comes from shrifts with
, Cap. How now, my headstrong where have you
been gadding ?
: -go hire me twenty cunning cooks.) Twenty cooks for half a dozen guests! Either Capulet has altered his mind strangely, or our author forgot what he had just made him tell us. See p. 79.
from shrift --] i.e. from confession.
gadding?] The primitive sense of this word was to straggle from house to house, and collect money, under pretence of singing carols to the Blessed Virgin.
Jul. Where I have learn'd me to repent the sin Of disobedient opposition To
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 ruld by you.
Cap. Send for the county ; go tell him of this ; I'll have this knot knit up to-morrow morning.
Jul. I met the youthful lord at Laurence' cell; And gave
him what becomed love? I might, Not stepping o'er the bounds of modesty. Cap. Why, I am glad on't; this is well,--stand
Jul. Nurse, will you go with me into my closet,
enough. Cap. Go, nurse, go with her :-we'll to church to-morrow.
[Exeunt Juliet and Nurse. La. Cap. We shall be short in our provision; "Tis now near night. Сар. .
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
becomed love -] Becomed for becoming: one participle for the other ;. a frequent practice with our author.
Against to-morrow: my heart is wond'rous light,
Enter JULIET and NURSE. Jul. Ay, those attires are best:-But, gentle
Enter Lady CAPULET.
[Exeunt Lady CAPULET and Nurse. Jul. Farewell !–God knows, when we shall meet
3 For I have need, &c.] Juliet plays most of her pranks under the appearance of religion: perhaps Shakspeare meant to punishi her hypocrisy. Johnson.