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Romeo and Juliet

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JULIET
O, swear not by the moon, th' inconstant moon,
That monthly changes in her circle orb,
Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.
JULIET
Don’t swear by the moon. The moon is always changing. Every month its position in the sky shifts. I don’t want you to turn out to be that inconsistent too.

ROMEO
What shall I swear by?
ROMEO
What should I swear by?




115
JULIET
     Do not swear at all.
Or, if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self,
Which is the god of my idolatry,
And I’ll believe thee.
JULIET
Don’t swear at all. But if you have to swear, swear by your wonderful self, which is the god I worship like an idol, and then I’ll believe you.

ROMEO
     If my heart’s dear love—
ROMEO
If my heart’s dear love—





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JULIET
Well, do not swear. Although I joy in thee,
I have no joy of this contract tonight.
It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden,
Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be
Ere one can say “It lightens.” Sweet, good night.
This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath,
May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.
Good night, good night! As sweet repose and rest
Come to thy heart as that within my breast.
JULIET
Well, don’t swear. Although you bring me joy, I can’t take joy in this exchange of promises tonight. It’s too crazy. We haven’t done enough thinking. It’s too sudden. It’s too much like lightning, which flashes and then disappears before you can say, “it’s lightning.” My sweet, good night. Our love, which right now is like a flower bud in the summer air, may turn out to be a beautiful flower by the next time we meet. I hope you enjoy the same sweet peace and rest I feel in my heart.

125
ROMEO
O, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?
ROMEO
Oh, are you going to leave me so unsatisfied?

JULIET
What satisfaction canst thou have tonight?
JULIET
What satisfaction could you possibly have tonight?

ROMEO
Th' exchange of thy love’s faithful vow for mine.
ROMEO
I would be satisfied if we made each other true promises of love.


JULIET
I gave thee mine before thou didst request it,
And yet I would it were to give again.
JULIET
I pledged my love to you before you asked me to. Yet I wish I could take that promise back, so I had it to give again.

130
ROMEO
Wouldst thou withdraw it? For what purpose, love?
ROMEO
You would take it back? Why would you do that, my love?

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