Romeo and Juliet: Act 4, Scene 4


Enter LADY CAPULET and Nurse.

LADY CAPULET: Hold, take these keys, and fetch more spices, nurse.

Nurse: They call for dates and quinces in the pastry.

Enter CAPULET.

CAPULET: Come, stir, stir, stir! the second cock hath crow'd,
The curfew-bell hath rung, 'tis three o'clock:
Look to the baked meats, good Angelica:
Spare not for cost.

Nurse:                Go, you cot-quean, go,
Get you to bed; faith, you'll be sick to-morrow
For this night's watching.

CAPULET: No, not a whit: what! I have watch'd ere now
All night for lesser cause, and ne'er been sick.        [10]

LADY CAPULET: Ay, you have been a mouse-hunt in your time;
But I will watch you from such watching now.

[Exeunt LADY CAPULET and Nurse.]

CAPULET: A jealous-hood, a jealous-hood!

Enter three or four Servingmen, with spits, logs, and baskets.

                            Now, fellow,
What's there?

First Servant: Things for the cook, sir; but I know not what.

CAPULET: Make haste, make haste.

[Exit First Servant.]

                                            Sirrah, fetch drier logs:
Call Peter, he will show thee where they are.

Second Servant: I have a head, sir, that will find out logs,
And never trouble Peter for the matter.        [20]

[Exit.]

CAPULET: Mass, and well said; a merry whoreson, ha!
Thou shalt be logger-head. Good faith, 'tis day:
The county will be here with music straight,
For so he said he would: I hear him near.

[Music within.]

Nurse! Wife! What, ho! What, nurse, I say!

Re-enter Nurse.

Go waken Juliet, go and trim her up;
I'll go and chat with Paris: hie, make haste,
Make haste; the bridegroom he is come already:
Make haste, I say.

[Exeunt.]


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