Romeo and Juliet: Act 3, Scene 4
Enter old CAPULET, his WIFE, and PARIS.
1Things have fall'n out, sir, so unluckily,
2. move our daughter: i.e., encourage Juliet to consider Paris' marriage proposal.
2That we have had no time to move our daughter.
3Look you, she loved her kinsman Tybalt dearly,
4And so did I. Well, we were born to die.
5'Tis very late, she'll not come down tonight:
6. promise: assure. but for your company: if it hadn't been for your company.
6I promise you, but for your company,
7I would have been a-bed an hour ago.
8These times of woe afford no time to woo.
9Madam, good night: commend me to your daughter.
10I will, and know her mind early tomorrow;
11. mew'd up to her heaviness: i.e., wrapped up in sorrow.
11Tonight she is mew'd up to her heaviness.
12. desperate tender: impulsive, bold offer.
12Sir Paris, I will make a desperate tender
13Of my child's love: I think she will be ruled
14In all respects by me; nay, more, I doubt it not.
15. ere: before.
15Wife, go you to her ere you go to bed;
16. son: i.e., son-in-law. Capulet is so sure that Juliet will do as he says that he already considers Paris to be his son-in-law.
16Acquaint her here of my son Paris' love,
17And bid her, mark you me, on Wednesday next
18. soft: i.e., wait a minute.
18But, soft! what day is this?
18Monday, my lord.
19. ha, ha!: These are the noises Capulet makes as he thinks things over. 20. A': on.
19Monday! ha, ha! Well, Wednesday is too soon,
20A' Thursday let it be. A' Thursday, tell her,
21She shall be married to this noble earl.
22Will you be ready? do you like this haste?
23We'll keep no great ado,a friend or two;
24For, hark you, Tybalt being slain so late,
25. held: regarded.
25It may be thought we held him carelessly,
26Being our kinsman, if we revel much:
27Therefore we'll have some half a dozen friends,
28. And there an end: and no more. Later, however, when he's in the midst of preparing for the wedding feast, Capulet tells a servant to hire him "twenty cunning cooks."
28And there an end. But what say you to Thursday?
29My lord, I would that Thursday were tomorrow.
30Well get you gone. A' Thursday be it, then.
31Go you to Juliet ere you go to bed,
32. against: in anticipation of.
32Prepare her, wife, against this wedding-day.
33Farewell, my lord. Light to my chamber, ho!
34. Afore me: This is a mild oath, comparable to "Whew."
34Afore me! it is so very very late,
35That we may call it early by and by. Good night.