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Abridged Romeo and Juliet/#1/Conflict/Act 1, Scene 1.1

Two families dominate events in Verona, the Montagues and
the Capulets.  Servingmen of the house of
Capulet, itching for a fight, swords drawn, standing on a street corner,
initiate a fight with a servingman of the house of Montague.  Benvolio, Romeo Montague’s cousin, enters,
draws his sword and says “Part, fools!”
Tybalt, a Capulet kinsman, enters and to Benvolio says “Look upon thy
death.”  Benvolio says “I do but keep the
peace.”  Tybalt cries “I hate all
Montagues, and thee.”  Citizens gather.  Capulet and his wife, Lady Capulet,
enter.  Capulet says “What noise is
this?”  Montague and his wife, Lady
Montague, enter.  Montague cries “Thou
villain Capulet!”  Escalus, the Prince of
Verona, enters, scolding them all, mostly Capulet and Montague.  The Prince says “If ever you disturb our
streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.  You, Capulet, shall go along with me.  And, Montague, come you this afternoon.”  All exit but Montague, Lady Montague and
Benvolio.  Montague asks Benvolio “Who
stirred up this ancient quarrel anew?”
Benvolio responds “Servants of your adversary, and yours, were fighting.
I drew to part them.  In the instant came
the fiery Tybalt with his sword prepared and hissed in scorn.  We interchanged thrusts and blows.  The Prince came, who parted both sides.”  Changing the subject, Lady Montague asks “O,
where is Romeo?  Saw you him today?”  Benvolio says I saw him before dawn “in the
grove of sycamore that grows on the west side of the city,” but he fled when he
saw me.  Montague tells us that “many a
morning hath he there been seen, with tears augmenting the dew, adding to
clouds with his deep sighs.”  Montague
tells us when “the all-cheering sun begins to rise, my heavy son steals home
and pens himself, shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out, and makes
himself an artificial night.”  Benvolio
asks “My noble uncle, do you know the cause?”
Montague says “I neither know it nor can learn of him.”  Romeo enters.

Abridged Romeo and Juliet/#2/Forsaken/Act 1, Scene 1.2

Romeo has entered the stage.  Benvolio says to Montague “I’ll know his
grievance or be much denied.”  Montague
and Lady Montague exit.  Benvolio asks Romeo
“What sadness lengthens Romeo’s hours?”  He
says “I am out of love.”  Romeo promptly changes
the subject, saying “O me!  What fray was
here?  Yet tell me not, for I have heard
it all.  Dost thou not laugh?”  Benvolio says “No, coz, I rather weep at thy
good heart’s oppression. Tell me in sadness, who is that you love?”  Romeo replies “A sick man in sadness makes
his will; in sadness, cousin, I do love a woman.  She hath forsworn to love, and in that vow do
I live dead.”  Benvolio suggests Romeo
“forget to think of her.  Examine other
beauties.”  Romeo responds “He that is
stricken blind cannot forget the precious treasure of his eyesight lost.  Farewell.
Thou canst not teach me to forget.”
Benvolio tells his cousin “I’ll teach you to forget or die trying.”  They exit.

Abridged Romeo and Juliet/#3/Adventure/Act 1, Scene 2

Capulet and the County Paris are on stage, Paris being
the Prince of Verona’s nephew.  The
County Paris asks “But now, my lord, what say you to my suit?”  Paris wants to marry Juliet.  Capulet says “She is still fourteen.  Let two more summers wither ere we may think
her ripe to be a bride.  But woo her,
gentle Paris, get her heart.  This night
I hold an old accustomed feast, whereto I have invited many a guest and I want
you among them.”  He tells Paris that
when he gazes on the young women, he will find Juliet to be merely one in the
crowd.  Capulet instructs his servingman
to “trudge about fair Verona and find those persons whose names are written
there, and to welcome them to my house tonight.
Capulet and Paris exit.  The
Servingman frets over his assignment, unable to read.  Benvolio and Romeo enter.  Benvolio continues to encourage Romeo to get
over his recent girlfriend.  The
Servingman asks Romeo “I pray, can you read anything you see?”  Romeo says “Stay, fellow, I can read.”  Romeo reads the names and says “A fair
assembly.”  He asks ‘Whither should they
come?”   The Servingman says “To supper,
at my master’s.  My master is the great
rich Capulet, and, if you be not of the house of Montagues, I pray come and
crush a cup of wine.”  Benvolio also saw
the names of the young ladies on the invitation list.  Benvolio says “At Capulet’s feast sups the
fair Rosaline whom thou so loves.
Compare her with the admired beauties of Verona that I shall show.  I will make thee think thy swan a crow.  She shall scarcely show well that now seems
best.”   Romeo relents, saying “I’ll go along.”

Abridged Romeo and Juliet/#4/Encouragement/Act 1, Scene 3

Lady Capulet and the Nurse are on stage.  Lady Capulet says “Nurse, where’s my
daughter?  Call her forth.  Juliet enters.  Lady Capulet says to the Nurse “Thou knowest
my daughter’s age.”   The Nurse says “On
Lammas Eve at night shall she be fourteen.
How long is it now to Lammastide (which is August 1)?”  Lady Capulet says “A fortnight and odd
days.”  The Nurse says “Thou wast the
prettiest babe that e’er I nursed.  And I
might live to see thee married once.”
Lady Capulet says “Marry is the very theme I came to talk of.  Tell me, daughter Juliet, how stands your
disposition to be married?”  Juliet
replies “It is an honor that I dream not of.”
Lady Capulet comes back with “Well, think of marriage now.  The valiant Paris seeks you for his
love.  What say you?  Speak briefly.  Can you like of Paris’ love?”  Juliet replies “I’ll look to like; if looking
liking move.”  A Servingman enters and
says “Madam, the guests are come, supper served up.  I beseech you, follow straight.”  They exit.

Abridged Romeo and Juliet/#5/Masquerade/Act 1, Scene 4

As the scene opens, Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio, wearing
masks, are on their way to the Capulet masquerade dinner party.  Mercutio is a friend of Romeo’s and a kinsman
to the Prince of Verona.  Romeo is
worried, wanting to know if they’ll need excuses or need to apologize.  Benvolio says “Let them measure us by what they
will.  We’ll give them a dance and be
gone.”  Romeo says “I am not for this
ambling.  I will bear the light.”  Mercutio says “Nay, we must have you
dance.”  Romeo says “Not I, believe
me.  You have dancing shoes with nimble
soles.”  Mercutio says you have “too
great oppression for such a tender thing as love.”  Romeo replies “Is love a tender thing?  It is too rough.”  Mercutio says “If love be rough with you, be
rough with love.”  Upbeat Benvolio says
“Come, knock and enter, and no sooner in but every man betake him to his
legs.”  Romeo says “A torch for me.  I’ll be a candle holder and look on.”  Mercutio goes on, telling the men of a dream
he’d had the night before.  Romeo says
“Peace, Mercutio, peace.  Thou talk’st of
nothing.”  Mercutio agrees, saying dreams
are “as thin of substance as the air.”
Thinking of the party, Benvolio says to the other two “This wind you
talk of blows us from ourselves.  Supper
is done, and we shall come too late.”
Prophetically, Romeo replies “I fear too early.”  He then says to himself “he that hath the
steerage of my course direct my sail.”

Abridged Romeo and Juliet/#6/Love at first sight/Act 1, Scene 5

The disguised three young men are welcomed by
Capulet.  Capulet says “Welcome,
gentlemen. Ah, my mistresses, which of you all will now deny to dance?  Come, musicians, play.”  Romeo says to a Servingman “What lady’s that
which doth enrich the hand of yonder knight?”
The Servingman says “I know not, sir.”
Romeo says “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!  So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows as
yonder lady o’er her fellows shows.”  Romeo’s
in love.  Tybalt hears his voice and says
to himself “This should be a Montague.”
He rushes over to Capulet and says “Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe.”  Capulet says “Young Romeo is it?”  Tybalt says “’Tis he, that villain
Romeo.”  Capulet says “Content thee,
gentle coz.  Be patient.  Take no note of him.”  Tybalt says “I’ll not endure him.”  Capulet says “He shall be endured. Am I
master here or you?”  Tybalt says “I will
withdraw, but this intrusion shall convert to bitt’rest gall.”  He exits.
Romeo takes Juliet’s hand.  They
have a very condensed, romantic conversation, encouraging each other.  He kisses her.  He then kisses her again.  The Nurse comes up to Juliet and says “Your
mother craves a word with you.”  Romeo
asks the Nurse ‘Who is her mother?”  The
Nurse says “Her mother is the lady of the house.”  Romeo says to himself “Is she a
Capulet?”  Benvolio says “Away,
begone.”  Capulet says “I thank you
all.  I thank you, honest gentlemen.  Good night.”
All but Juliet and the Nurse begin to exit.  Juliet asks ‘Who’s he that follows here, that
would not dance?”  The Nurse says “I know
not.”  Juliet says “Go ask his
name.”  The Nurse exits.  Juliet says “If he be married, my grave is
like to be my wedding bed.”  The Nurse
re-enters to say “His name is Romeo, and a Montague.”  Juliet says “Prodigious birth of love it is
to me that I must love a loathed enemy.”
The Nurse says “Come, let’s away.
The strangers all are gone.”

Abridged Romeo and Juliet/#7/Desperate/Act 2, Scene 1

Having left the Capulet party, Romeo, Benvolio and
Mercutio are walking home when Romeo says to himself “Can I go forward when my
heart is here?”  He slips away from the
other two.  Benvolio cries “Romeo, my
cousin Romeo! He ran this way and leapt this garden wall.”  Mercutio mocks Romeo, calling out “Madman!
Passion! Lover!  Appear thou in the form
of a sigh.  Cry but ‘Ay me,’ pronounce
but ‘love’ and ‘dove’.”  Benvolio says
“And if he hear thee, thou wilt anger him.”
Mercutio says “This cannot anger him.
My invocation is fair and honest.”
Benvolio says “He hath hid himself among these trees.  Blind is his love and best befits the
dark.”  Mercutio says “Come, shall we
go?”  Benvolio says “’tis in vain to seek
him here who means not to be found.”

Abridged Romeo and Juliet/#8/Love/Act 2, Scene 2.1

Romeo hides himself under the balcony that leads off from
Juliet’s bedroom.  Juliet enters
above.  Romeo romanticizes, offering
lines that make this play the romantic tragedy that it is.  He says, for example, “See how she leans her
cheek upon her hand. O, if I were but a glove upon that hand, that I might
touch that cheek!”  She says “Ay
me.”  Aside, he says “She speaks.”  She wistfully pines for him. He listens to
her, saying to himself “Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?”  She says “O, be some other name!  What’s in a name?  Romeo, doff thy name, and, for thy name, which
is not part of thee, take all myself.”
Out loud, Romeo says “I take thee at thy word. Call me but love, and
I’ll be new baptized.”

Abridged Romeo and Juliet/#9/Love/Act 2, Scene 2.2

Soon after the scene opens she says “a rose by any other
word would smell as sweet.”  He says out
loud “I take thee at thy word.”  Juliet
cries “What man art thou that so stumblest on my counsel?”  Romeo replies “My name, dear saint, is
hateful to myself because it is an enemy to thee.”  She says “Art thou not Romeo, and a
Montague?”  He says “Neither, if either
thee dislike.”  She asks “How camest thou
hither, tell me, and wherefore? By whose direction found’st thou out this
place?”  He says “By love, that first did
prompt me to inquire.  He lent me
counsel, and I lent him eyes.”  She asks ‘Dost
thou love me?  I know thou wilt say ‘Ay,’
and I will take thy word.  O gentle
Romeo, if thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully.  Trust me, I’ll prove more true than those
that have more shyness to be distant.”
She fears she has been too forward; that she “has been too quickly
won.”  He says “Lady, by yonder blessed
moon I vow.”  She says swear not to “th’
inconstant moon.”  She goes on to say
“Sweet, good night.  This bud of love, by
summer’s ripening breath, may prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.”  He asks “Will thou exchange thy love’s
faithful vow for mine?”  She says “I gave
thee mine before thou didst request it.
My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep.”  Juliet remains skeptical that his vows are
for real. The Nurse calls for her.  She
exits.  He says to himself “Being in
night, all this is but a dream.”  Juliet
re-enters and says “If that thy bent of love be honorable, thy purpose
marriage, send me word tomorrow.”
Within, the Nurse cries “Madam.”
She says “What time tomorrow? A thousand times good night.”  Again, she exits.  Again, she re-enters, saying “Hist, Romeo,
hist!  My father’s rules make me whisper
‘My Romeo!’”  Romeo replies “My
dear.”  She says “What o’clock tomorrow
shall I send to thee?”  He says “By the
hour of nine.”  She says “’Tis almost
morning.  I would have thee gone, but
near at hand.”  She exits.  Romeo tells us “Hence will I to my spiritual
friar’s close cell, his help to crave.”

Abridged Romeo and Juliet/#10/Engagement/Act 2, Scene 3

The scene opens at dawn with Friar Lawrence carrying a
basket, picking flowers and herbs.  Romeo
enters, saying “Good morrow, Father.”
Friar Lawrence says “Bless you. What early tongue so sweet saluteth me?  Thy earliness doth me assure thou art
uproused with some disturbance of the mind.
Our Romeo hath not been in bed tonight.
Wast thou with Rosaline?”  Romeo
replies “With Rosaline, my ghostly Father?
No. I have forgot that name and that name’s woe.”  Friar Lawrence says “But where hast thou been
then?  Be plain, good son, and straightforward.”  Romeo says “Plainly know my heart’s dear love is set on the fair daughter of rich Capulet.
As mine on hers, so hers is set on mine, and all combined, save what
thou must combine by holy marriage.  This
I pray, that thou consent to marry us today.”
Friar Lawrence cries “Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here!”  He goes on to say “Art thou changed?  Women may fall when there’s no strength in
men.”  Romeo says “I pray thee, chide me
not.  Her I love now.”  Friar Lawrence says “Come, go with me.  This alliance may so happy prove to turn your
households’ rancor to pure love.”