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Rom. Father, what news? what is the prince's doom? What sorrow craves acquaintance at my hand, That I yet know not? FRI.
Too familiar Is my
dear son with such sour company: I'bring thee tidings of the prince's doom.
Rom. What less than dooms-day is the prince's doom?
FRI. A gentler judgment vanish'd from his lips,
Rom. Ha! banishment? be merciful, say - death:
FRI. Hence from Verona art thou banished:
ROM. There is no world without Verona walls,
Fri. O deadly sin! O rude unthankfulness !
Rom. 'Tis torture, and not mercy: heaven is here,
person or thing: as, to be enamour 2) Courtship is the state of a lover: ed of a lady, of books, etc.; of thy that dalliance, in which he who parts, i. e. of thee. It is now fol- courts or wooes a lady is sometimes lowed by with.
indulged. Malone. Johnson, how. 1) More value, more worth. ever, explains courtship by the state
Flies may do this, when I from this must fly;
Fri. Thou fond? mad man; hear me but speak a word.
FRI. I'll give thee armour to keep off that word;
Rom. Yet banished ? Hang up philosophy!
FRI. 0, then I see that madmen have no ears.
Rom. Thou canst not speak of what thou dost not feel:
[Knocking within. Rom. Not I; unless the breath of heart-sick groans, Mist-like, infold me from the search of eyes. Knocking.
Fri. Hark, how they knock! - Who's there? Ro
of a courtier permitted to approach 2) Fond means, foolish, silly. the highest presence.
3) The same phrase, and with the 1) The first mean is, instrument, same meaning, occurs in The Win-, the medium through which something ter's Tale: “. can he speak? hear? is done. In this sense, means, in the Know.man from man? dispute his plural, is generally used, and often own estate?" i. e. is he able to talk with a definitive and verb in the sin- over his own affairs, or the present gular. The second mean is the ad- state he is in ? Steevens. jective, contemptible, despicable. 4) To dote; see p. 37, 4).
Thou wilt be taken: Stay a while: stand up; [Knocking. Run to my study:
By and by: - I come! What wilfulness 1 is this?
I come. Knocking Who knocks so hard? whence come you? what's your will? NURSE. [Within.] Let me come in, and you shall know
my errand;2 I come from lady Juliet. FRI.
Fri. There on the ground, with his own tears made drunk.
NURSE. O, he is even in my mistress' case,
O woeful sympathy!
Even so lies she,
stand up; stand, an you be a man: For Juliet's sake, for her sake, rise and stand; Why should you fall into so deep an O ?3
Rom. Spak'st thou of Juliet? how is it with her?
NURSE. O, she says nothing, sir, but weeps and weeps;
As if that name,
1) Obstinacy, perverseness.
5) The epithet concealed is to be 2) Message, something to be told understood not of the person, but of or done, business.
the condition of the lady: the cir3) The exclamation 0, expressing cumstance of her being Romeo's wife grief, sorrow, misery.
is concealed from the world. – To 4) That is, one of her nearest cancel means, to destroy. relatives, her cousin.
Murder'd her kinsman. O tell me, friar, tell me,
sack? The hateful mansion.
[Drawing his Sword. FRI.
Hold thy desperate hand: Art thou a man? thy form cries out, thou art; Thy tears are womanish, thy wild acts denote The unreasonable fury of a beast: Unseemly woman, in a seeming man!3 Or ill-beseeming beast, in seeming both! Thou hast amaz'd me: by my holy order, I thought thy disposition better temper'd. Hast thou slain Tybalt? wilt thou slay thyself? And slay thy lady too that lives in thee, By doing violence upon thyself? Why rail'st4 thou on thy birth, the heaven, and earth? Since birth, and heaven, and earth, all three do meet In thee at once; which thou at once wouldst lose. Fye, fye! thou sham'st thy shape, thy love, thy wit; Which, like an usurer, abound'st in all, And usest none in that true use indeed Which should bedeck thy shape, thy love, thy wit. Thy noble shape is but a form of wax, Digressing from the valour of a man: Thy dear love, sworn, but hollow perjury, Killing that love which thou hast vow'd to cherish; Thy wit, that ornament to shape and love, Mis-shapen in the conduct of them both, Like powder in a skill-less soldier's flask, Is set on fire by thine own ignorance, And thou dismember'd with thine own defence.6
1) Anatomy, the art of dissecting, 4) To rail, the French railler, to means here, by an improper use of reproach or censure in opprobrious the word, the body stripped of its terms, followed by at or against, integuments and muscles: a skeleton. formerly by on. It is also used ironically, for a 5) To understand the force of meager person.
this allusion, it should be remem
bered that the ancient soldiers, using 2) Sack, i. e. plunder, pillage, that matches, instead of locks as at preis, take away by violence.
sent, were obliged to carry a light3) A monster, and of course an ed match hanging at their belts, very ill- beseeming. beast, under this near to the wooden flask in which appearance both of a woman, that they kept their powder. Steevens. weeps, and a man, who rages and 6) And thou torn to pieces with shows wild acts.
thine own weapons.
What, rouse thee, man! thy Juliet is alive,
NURSE. I could have staid all night,
Rom. Do so, and bid my sweet prepare to chide.
NURSE. Here, sir, a ring she bid me give you, sir:
Rom. How well my comfort is reviv'd by this!
your state; 4 Either be gone before the watch be set, Or by the break of day disguis'd from hence: Sojourn in Mantua; I'll find out your man, And he shall signify from time to time
1) Array, dress of a splendid kind, 3) To make public. adornment, splendour.
4) Your fate wholly depends on 2) To pout, to thrust out the lips, this. as in sullenness, contempt, or displeasure.