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SCENE IV. A room in Capulet's house.

Enter CAPULET, LADY CAPULET, and PARIS

CAPULET

Things have fall'n out, sir, so unluckily,
That we have had no time to move our daughter:
Look you, she loved her kinsman Tybalt dearly,
And so did I:--Well, we were born to die.
'Tis very late, she'll not come down to-night:
I promise you, but for your company,
I would have been a-bed an hour ago.

PARIS

These times of woe afford no time to woo.
Madam, good night: commend me to your daughter.

LADY CAPULET

I will, and know her mind early to-morrow;
To-night she is mew'd up to her heaviness.

CAPULET

Sir Paris, I will make a desperate tender
Of my child's love: I think she will be ruled
In all respects by me; nay, more, I doubt it not.
Wife, go you to her ere you go to bed;
Acquaint her here of my son Paris' love;
And bid her, mark you me, on Wednesday next--
But, soft! what day is this?

PARIS

Monday, my lord,

CAPULET

Monday! ha, ha! Well, Wednesday is too soon,
O' Thursday let it be: o' Thursday, tell her,
She shall be married to this noble earl.
Will you be ready? do you like this haste?
We'll keep no great ado,--a friend or two;
For, hark you, Tybalt being slain so late,
It may be thought we held him carelessly,
Being our kinsman, if we revel much:
Therefore we'll have some half a dozen friends,
And there an end. But what say you to Thursday?

PARIS

My lord, I would that Thursday were to-morrow.

CAPULET

Well get you gone: o' Thursday be it, then.
Go you to Juliet ere you go to bed,
Prepare her, wife, against this wedding-day.
Farewell, my lord. Light to my chamber, ho!
Afore me! it is so very very late,
That we may call it early by and by.
Good night.

Exeunt

凯普莱特、凯普莱特夫人及帕里斯上。

凯普莱特伯爵,舍间因为遭逢变故,我们还没有时间去开导小女;您知道她跟她那个表兄提伯尔特是友爱很笃的,我也非常喜欢他;唉!人生不免一死,也不必再去说他了。现在时间已经很晚,她今夜不会再下来了;不瞒您说,倘不是您大驾光临,我也早在一小时以前上了床啦。

帕里斯我在你们正在伤心的时候来此求婚,实在是太冒昧了。晚安,伯母;请您替我向令嫒致意。

凯普莱特夫人好,我明天一早就去探听她的意思;今夜她已经怀着满腔的悲哀关上门睡了。

凯普莱特帕里斯伯爵,我可以大胆替我的孩子作主,我想她一定会绝对服从我的意志;是的,我对于这一点可以断定。夫人,你在临睡以前先去看看她,把这位帕里斯伯爵向她求爱的意思告诉她知道;你再对她说,听好我的话,叫她在星期三——且慢!今天星期几?

帕里斯星期一,老伯。

凯普莱特星期一!哈哈!好,星期三是太快了点儿,那么就是星期四吧。对她说,在这个星期四,她就要嫁给这位尊贵的伯爵。您来得及准备吗?您不嫌太匆促吗?咱们也不必十分铺张,略为请几位亲友就够了;因为提伯尔特才死不久,他是我们自己家里的人,要是我们大开欢宴,人家也许会说我们对去世的人太没有情分。所以我们只要请五、六个亲友,把仪式举行一下就算了。您说星期四怎样?

帕里斯老伯,我但愿星期四便是明天。

凯普莱特好,你去吧;那么就是星期四。夫人,你在临睡前先去看看朱丽叶,叫她预备预备,好作起新娘来啊。再见,伯爵。喂!掌灯!时候已经很晚了,等一会儿我们就要说时间很早了。晚安!(各下。)