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Romeo and Juliet


Scene I. A public place.
[Enter Sampson and Gregory armed with swords and bucklers.]
Sampson.
Gregory, o’ my word, we’ll not carry coals.
Gregory.
No, for then we should be colliers.
Sampson.
I mean, an we be in choler we’ll draw.
Gregory.
Ay, while you live, draw your neck out o’ the collar.
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Sampson.
I strike quickly, being moved.
Gregory.
But thou art not quickly moved to strike.
Sampson.
A dog of the house of Mont ague moves me.
Gregory.
To move is to stir; and to be valiant is to stand:
therefore, if thou art moved, thou runn’st away.
Sampson.
A dog of that house shall move me to stand:
I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague’s.
Gregory.
That shows thee a weak slave; for the weakest goes to t he
wall.
Sampson.
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.
Gregory.
The quarrel is between our masters and us their men.
Sampson.
’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 o their heads.
Gregory.
The heads of the maids?
Sampson.
Ay, the heads of the maids, or their maidenheads;
take it in what sense thou wilt.
Gregory.
They must take it in sense that feel it.
Sampson.
Me 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,
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thou hadst been poor-John.–Draw thy tool;
Here comes two of the hous e of Montagues.
Sampson.
My naked weapon is out: quarrel! I will back thee.
Gregory.
How! turn thy back and run?
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