Romeo and Juliet By William Shakespeare Act II: Scene 4

MERCUTIO.
O, thou art deceived; I would have made it short: for I was
come to the whole depth of my tale; and meant indeed to occupy
the argument no longer.

ROMEO.
Here's goodly gear!

[Enter Nurse and Peter.]

MERCUTIO.
A sail, a sail, a sail!

BENVOLIO.
Two, two; a shirt and a smock.

NURSE.
Peter!

PETER.
Anon.

NURSE.
My fan, Peter.

MERCUTIO.
Good Peter, to hide her face; for her fan's the fairer face.

NURSE.
God ye good morrow, gentlemen.

MERCUTIO.
God ye good-den, fair gentlewoman.

NURSE.
Is it good-den?

MERCUTIO.
'Tis no less, I tell ye; for the bawdy hand of the dial is
now upon the prick of noon.

NURSE.
Out upon you! what a man are you!

ROMEO.
One, gentlewoman, that God hath made for himself to mar.

NURSE.
By my troth, it is well said; — for himself to mar, quoth
'a? — Gentlemen, can any of you tell me where I may find the young
Romeo?

ROMEO.
I can tell you: but young Romeo will be older when you have
found him than he was when you sought him: I am the youngest of
that name, for fault of a worse.

NURSE.
You say well.

MERCUTIO.
Yea, is the worst well? very well took, i' faith; wisely,
wisely.

NURSE.
If you be he, sir, I desire some confidence with you.

BENVOLIO.
She will indite him to some supper.

MERCUTIO.
A bawd, a bawd, a bawd! So ho!

ROMEO.
What hast thou found?

MERCUTIO.
No hare, sir; unless a hare, sir, in a lenten pie, that is
something stale and hoar ere it be spent.
[Sings.]
An old hare hoar,
And an old hare hoar,
Is very good meat in Lent;
But a hare that is hoar
Is too much for a score
When it hoars ere it be spent.

Romeo, will you come to your father's? we'll to dinner thither.

ROMEO.
I will follow you.

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