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Romeo and Juliet

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TitleAboutAct IPrologueSCENE I. Verona. A public place.SCENE II. A street.SCENE III. A room in Capulet's house.SCENE IV. A street.SCENE V. A hall in Capulet's house.Act IIPrologueSCENE I. A lane by the wall of Capulet's orchard.SCENE II. Capulet's orchard.SCENE III. Friar Laurence's cell.SCENE IV. A street.SCENE V. Capulet's orchard.SCENE VI. Friar Laurence's cell.Act IIISCENE I. A public place.SCENE II. Capulet's orchard.SCENE III. Friar Laurence's cell.SCENE IV. A room in Capulet's house.SCENE V. Capulet's orchard.Act IVSCENE I. Friar Laurence's cell.SCENE II. Hall in Capulet's house.SCENE III. Juliet's chamber.SCENE IV. Hall in Capulet's house.SCENE V. Juliet's chamber.Act VSCENE I. Mantua. A street.SCENE II. Friar Laurence's cell.SCENE III. A churchyard; in it a tomb belonging to the Capulets.Romeo and JulietWilliam ShakespearePublished: 1597Categorie(s): Fiction, Drama, RomanceSource: Shakespeare:William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564 – died 23 April 1616) wasan English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in theEnglish language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often calledEngland's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). Hissurviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems,and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every majorliving language, and are performed more often than those of any otherplaywright. Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. At theage of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children: Susanna,and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successfulcareer in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing companythe Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears tohave retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later. Fewrecords of Shakespeare's private life survive, and there has beenconsiderable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religiousbeliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613. Hisearly plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peakof sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century. Next hewrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, andMacbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language. Inhis last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, andcollaborated with other playwrights. Many of his plays were published ineditions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623 twoof his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collectededition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays nowrecognised as Shakespeare's. Shakespeare was a respected poet andplaywright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its presentheights until the nineteenth century. The Romantics, in particular, acclaimedShakespeare's genius, and the Victorians hero-worshipped Shakespeare witha reverence that George Bernard Shaw called "bardolatry". In the twentiethcentury, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by newmovements in scholarship and performance. His plays remain highly populartoday and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse culturaland political contexts throughout the world. Source: WikipediaAlso available on Feedbooks Shakespeare:Hamlet (1599)Macbeth (1606)A Midsummer Night's Dream (1596)Julius Caesar (1599)Othello (1603)The Merchant of Venice (1598)Much Ado About Nothing (1600)King Lear (1606)The Taming of the Shrew (1594)The Comedy of Errors (1594)Note: This book is brought to you by Feedbookshttp://www.feedbooks.comStrictly for personal use, do not use this file for commercial purposes.Act IPrologueTwo households, both alike in dignity,In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.From forth the fatal loins of these two foesA pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;Whole misadventured piteous overthrowsDo with their death bury their parents' strife.The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,And the continuance of their parents' rage,Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;The which if you with patient ears attend,What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.SCENE I. Verona. A public place.Enter SAMPSON and GREGORY, of the house of Capulet, armed withswords and bucklersSAMPSONGregory, o' my word, we'll not carry coals.GREGORYNo, for then we should be colliers.SAMPSONI mean, an we be in choler, we'll draw.GREGORYAy, while you live, draw your neck out o' the collar.SAMPSONI strike quickly, being moved.GREGORYBut thou art not quickly moved to strike.SAMPSONA dog of the house of Montague moves me.GREGORYTo move is to stir; and to be valiant is to stand:therefore, if thou art moved, thou runn'st away.SAMPSONA dog of that house shall move me to stand: I willtake the wall of any man or maid of Montague's.GREGORYThat shows thee a weak slave; for the weakest goesto the wall.SAMPSONTrue; and therefore women, being the weaker vessels,are ever thrust to the wall: therefore I will pushMontague's men from the wall, and thrust his maidsto the wall.GREGORYThe quarrel is between our masters and us their men.SAMPSON'Tis all one, I will show myself a tyrant: when Ihave fought with the men, I will be cruel with themaids, and cut off their heads.GREGORYThe heads of the maids?SAMPSONAy, the heads of the maids, or their maidenheads;take it in what sense thou wilt.GREGORYThey must take it in sense that feel it.SAMPSONMe they shall feel while I am able to stand: and'tis known I am a pretty piece of flesh.GREGORY'Tis well thou art not fish; if thou hadst, thouhadst been poor John. Draw thy tool! here comestwo of the house of the Montagues.SAMPSONMy naked weapon is out: quarrel, I will back thee.GREGORYHow! turn thy back and run?SAMPSONFear me not.GREGORYNo, marry; I fear thee!SAMPSONLet us take the law of our sides; let them begin.GREGORYI will frown as I pass by, and let them take it asthey list.SAMPSONNay, as they dare. I will bite my thumb at them;which is a disgrace to

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