Romeo and Juliet By William Shakespeare Act I: Scene 1

GREGORY.
I will frown as I pass by; and let them take it as they
list.

SAMPSON.
Nay, as they dare. I will bite my thumb at them; which is
disgrace to them if they bear it.

[Enter Abraham and Balthasar.]

ABRAHAM.
Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?

SAMPSON.
I do bite my thumb, sir.

ABRAHAM.
Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?

SAMPSON.
Is the law of our side if I say ay?

GREGORY.
No.

SAMPSON.
No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir; but I bite my
thumb, sir.

GREGORY.
Do you quarrel, sir?

ABRAHAM.
Quarrel, sir! no, sir.

SAMPSON.
But if you do, sir, am for you: I serve as good a man as
you.

ABRAHAM.
No better.

SAMPSON.
Well, sir.

GREGORY.
Say better; here comes one of my master's kinsmen.

SAMPSON.
Yes, better, sir.

ABRAHAM.
You lie.

SAMPSON.
Draw, if you be men. — Gregory, remember thy swashing blow.

[They fight.]

[Enter Benvolio.]

BENVOLIO.
Part, fools! put up your swords; you know not what you do.
[Beats down their swords.]

[Enter Tybalt.]

TYBALT.
What, art thou drawn among these heartless hinds?
Turn thee Benvolio, look upon thy death.

BENVOLIO.
I do but keep the peace: put up thy sword,
Or manage it to part these men with me.

TYBALT.
What, drawn, and talk of peace! I hate the word
As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee:
Have at thee, coward!

[They fight.]

[Enter several of both Houses, who join the fray; then enter
Citizens with clubs.]

1 CITIZEN.
Clubs, bills, and partisans! strike! beat them down!
Down with the Capulets! Down with the Montagues!

[Enter Capulet in his gown, and Lady Capulet.]

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