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Romeo and Juliet

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JULIET
(aside) Villain and he be many miles asunder.
(to LADY CAPULET) God pardon him! I do, with all my heart,
And yet no man like he doth grieve my heart.
JULIET
(speaking so that LADY CAPULET can’t hear) He’s far from being a villain. (to LADY CAPULET) May God pardon him! I do, with all my heart. And yet no man could make my heart grieve like he does.

LADY CAPULET
That is because the traitor murderer lives.
LADY CAPULET
That’s because the murderer is alive.

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JULIET
Ay, madam, from the reach of these my hands.
Would none but I might venge my cousin’s death!
JULIET
Yes, madam, he lies beyond my reach. I wish that no one could avenge my cousin’s death except me!




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LADY CAPULET
We will have vengeance for it, fear thou not.
Then weep no more. I’ll send to one in Mantua,
Where that same banished runagate doth live,
Shall give him such an unaccustomed dram
That he shall soon keep Tybalt company.
And then, I hope, thou wilt be satisfied.
LADY CAPULET
We’ll have revenge for it. Don’t worry about that. Stop crying. I’ll send a man to Mantua, where that exiled rogue is living. Our man will poison Romeo’s drink, and Romeo will join Tybalt in death. And then, I hope, you’ll be satisfied.



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JULIET
Indeed, I never shall be satisfied
With Romeo, till I behold him—dead—
Is my poor heart for a kinsman vexed.
Madam, if you could find out but a man
To bear a poison, I would temper it,
That Romeo should, upon receipt thereof,
Soon sleep in quiet. Oh, how my heart abhors
To hear him named, and cannot come to him.
To wreak the love I bore my cousin
Upon his body that slaughtered him!
JULIET
I’ll never be satisfied with Romeo until I see him . . . dead—dead is how my poor heart feels when I think about my poor cousin. Madam, if you can find a man to deliver the poison, I’ll mix it myself so that Romeo will sleep quietly soon after he drinks it. Oh, how I hate to hear people say his name and not be able to go after him. I want to take the love I had for my cousin and take it out on the body of the man who killed him.


LADY CAPULET
Find thou the means, and I’ll find such a man.
But now I’ll tell thee joyful tidings, girl.
LADY CAPULET
Find out the way, and I’ll find the right man. But now I have joyful news for you, girl.

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JULIET
And joy comes well in such a needy time.
What are they, beseech your ladyship?
JULIET
And it’s good to have joy in such a joyless time. What’s the news? Please tell me.

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