Act 1 - Scene 3
A room in Capulet's house.
Enter LADY CAPULET and Nurse
Nurse, where's my daughter? call her forth to me.
Now, by my maidenhead, at twelve year old,
I bade her come. What, lamb! what, ladybird!
Where's this girl? What, Juliet!
How now! who calls?
Madam, I am here.
What is your will?
This is the matter:Nurse, give leave awhile,
We must talk in secret:nurse, come back again;
I have remember'd
me, thou's hear our counsel.
Thou know'st my daughter's of a pretty age.
Faith, I can tell her age unto an hour.
She's not fourteen.
I'll lay fourteen of my teeth,
And yet, to my teeth be it spoken, I have but four
She is not fourteen. How
long is it now
A fortnight and odd days.
Even or odd, of all days in the year,
Come Lammas-eve at night shall she be fourteen.
Susan and sheGod
rest all Christian souls!
Were of an age: well, Susan is with God;
She was too good for me: but, as I said,
Lammas-eve at night shall she be fourteen;
That shall she, marry; I remember it well.
'Tis since the earthquake
now eleven years;
And she was wean'd, I never shall forget it,
Of all the days of the year, upon that day:
I had then laid wormwood to my dug,
Sitting in the sun under the dove-house wall;
My lord and you were
then at Mantua:
Nay, I do bear a brain:but, as I said,
When it did taste the wormwood on the nipple
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