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ESCALUS, Prince of Verona.
Servants to Capulet.
lations to both Houses ; Maskers, Guards, Watch
men, and Attendants. SCENE, during the greater part of the Play, in
VERONA; once in the fifth Act at Mantua.
ROMEO AND JULIET.
- A public Place.
Enter SAMPSON and GREGORY, armed with Swords
Gre. No, for then we should be colliers.
Gre. Ay, while you live, draw your neck out of the collar.
Sam. I strike quickly, being moved.
Gre. To move, is to stir: and to be valiant, is — to stand to it: therefore, if thou art mov'd, thou run'st away.
Sam. A dog of that house shall move me to stand : I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague's.
Gre. That shows thee a weak slave; for the weakest goes to the wall. 1 A phrase formerly in use to signify the bearing
injuries. VOL, X,
San. True; and therefore women, being the weaker vessels, are ever thrust to the wall :therefore I will push Montague's men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall.
Gre. The quarrel is between our masters, and us their men.
Sam. 'Tis all one, I will show myself a tyrant : when I have fought with the men, I will be cruel with the maids: I will cut off their heads.
Gre. The heads of the maids ?
Sam. Ay, the heads of the maids, or their maidenheads; take it in what sense thou wilt.
Gre. They must take it in sense, that feel it.
Sam. Me they shall feel, while I am able to stand: and, 'tis known, I am a pretty piece of flesh.
Gre. 'Tis well, thou art not fish; if thou hadst, thou hadst been
John Draw thy tool ; here comes two of the house of the Montagues. 3
Enter ABRAM and BALTHASAR. Sam. My naked weapon is out; quarrel, I will back thee.
Gre. How? turn thy back, and run?
Sam. Let us take the law of our sides ; let them begin.
Gre. I will frown, as I pass by; and let them take it as they list.
Sam. Nay, as they dare. I will bite thumb at them; which is a disgrace to them, if they bear
2 Poor John is hake, dried and salted. 3 The disregard of concord is in character.
thumb at you,
Abr. Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?
my sir; but I bite my thumb, sir.
Gre. Do you quarrel, sir ?
Sam. If you do, sir, I am for you ; I serve as good a man as you.
Abr. No better.
Enter Benvolio, at a Distance. Gre. Say — better; here comes one of my master's kinsmen.
Sam. Yes, better, sir.
Sam. Draw, if you be men. Gregory, remember thy swashing blow.
(They fight. Ben. Part, fools; put up your swords; you know not what you do. [Beats down their Swords.
Enter TYBALT. Tyb. What art thou drawn among these heart
less hinds ? Turn thee, Benvolio, look upon thy death. Ben. I 'do but keep the peace; put up thy
manage it to part these men with me.
Enter several Partisans of both Houses, who join the
Fray: then enter Citizens with Clubs. i Cit. Clubs 4, bills, and partizans ! strike ! beat
them down ! Down with the Capulets ! down with the Monta
his Gown ; and Lady Ca
Cap. What noise is this ? — Give me my long
sword, ho ! La. Cap. A crutch, a crutch!- Why call you
for a sword ? Cap. My sword, I say ! Old Montague is
come, And flourishes his blade in spite of me.
Enter MONTAGUE and Lady MONTAGUE. Mon. Thou villain Capulet, — Hold me not, let
La. Mon. Thou shalt not stir one foot to seek
Enter Prince, with Attendants. Prin. Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace, Profaners of this neighbour-stained steel, Will they not hear ? what 10 ! you men, you
beasts, That quench the fire of your pernicious rage With purple fountains issuing from your veins, On pain of torture, from those bloody hands Throw your mistemper'd i weapons to the ground,
4 Clubs! was the usual exclamation at an affray in the streets, as we now call watch !