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ESCALUS, prince of Verona.
PARIS, a young nobleman, kinsman to the prince. MONTAGUE, heads of two houses, at variance with CAPULET, Seach other.
An old Man, uncle to Capulet.
ROMEO, Son to Montague.
MERCUTIO, kinsman to the prince, and friend to Romeo.
Friar LAWRENCE, a Franciscan.
SAMPSON, servants to Capulet.
ARAM, servant to Montague.
Chorus. Boy; Page to Paris; PETER; an Officer.
Lady MONTAGUE, wife to Montague.
Lady CAPULET, wife to Capulet.
JULIET, daughter to Capulet.
Citizens of Verona; several Men and Women, relatrons to both houses; Maskers, Guards, Watchmen, und Attendants.
SCENE during the greater part of the play, in Verona once in the fifth act, at Mantua.
Two households, both alike in dignity,
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Do, with their death, bury their parents' strife.
The which if you with patient ears attend,
ROMEO AND JULIET
SCENE I.-A public place.
Enter SAMPSON and GREGORY, armed with swords and bucklers.
Sam. Gregory, o'my word, we'll not carry coals.
Gre. No, for then we should be colliers.
Sam. I mean, an we be in choler, we'll draw.
Gre. Ay, while you live, draw your neck out of the collar.
Sam. I strike quickly, being moved.
Gre. But thou art not quickly moved to strike. Sam. A dog of the house of Montague moves me. Gre. To move, is-to stir; and to be valiant, is-to stand to it: therefore, if thou art moved, thou run'st away.
Sam. A dog of that house shall nove me to stand: I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague's. Greg. That shows thee a weak slave; for the weakest goes to the wall.
Sam. True; and therefore women, being the weake. vessels, are ever thrust to the wall:-therefore I wil 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 Poor John. Draw thy tool; here comes two of the house of the Montagues.
Enter ABRAM and BALTHASAR.
Sam. My naked weapon is out; quarrel, I will back thee.
Gre. How? turn thy back, and run?
Sam. Fear me not.
Gre. No, marry: I fear thee!
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 my thumb at them; which is a disgrace to them, if they bear it. Abr. Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?
Sam. I do bite my thumb, sir.
Abr. Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?
Sam. No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir; but I bite my thumb, sir.