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PERSONS OF THE DRAMA.
ESCALUS, Prince of Verona.
PARIS, a young Nobleman, kinsman to the Prince. MONTAGUE, heads of two houses, at variance with each CAPULET, S other.
An old Man, uncle to CAPULET.
ROMEO, Son to Montague.
MERCUTIO, kinsman to the Prince, and friend to Romeo.
BENVOLIO, nephew to Montague, and friend to Romeo.
FRIAR LAWRENCE, a Franciscan.
SAMPSON, Servants to Capulet.
ABRAM, 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, relations to both houses; maskers, guards, watchmen, and attendants.
SCENE during the greater part of the play, in Verona : once in the fifth act, at Mantua.
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 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.
Sam. 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
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.