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dear son with such sour company : I bring thee tidings of the prince's doom. Rom. What less than doomsday is the prince's
doom? Fri. A gentler judgment vanish'd from his lips ; Not body's death, but body's banishment.
Rom. Ha! banishment? be merciful, say--death : For exile hath more terror in his look, Much more than death : do not say-banishment.
Fri. Hence from Verona art thou banished : Be patient, for the world is broad and wide.
Rom. There is no world without Verona walls, But purgatory, torture, hell itself. Hence-banished is banish'd from the world, And world's exíle is death :—then banishment Is death mis-term'd: calling death-banishment, Thou cut'st my head off with a golden axe, And smil'st upon the stroke that murders me.
Fri. O deadly sin ! O rude unthankfulness ! Thy fault our law calls death; but the kind prince, Taking thy part, hath rush'd aside the law, And turn'd that black word death to banishment : This is dear mercy, and thou seest it not.
Rom. 'Tis torture, and not mercy : heaven is here, Where Juliet lives; and every cat, and dog, And little mouse, every unworthy thing, Live here in heaven, and may look on her, But Romeo may not.-More validity, More honourable state, more courtship lives In carrion flies, than Romeo: they may seize On the white wonder of dear Juliet's hand, And steal immortal blessing from her lips; Who, even in pure and vestal modesty, Still blush, as thinking their own kisses sin; But Romeo may not; he is banished : Flies may do this, when I from this must fly; They are free inen, but I am banished. And say'st thou yet, that exile is not death?
(1) Worth, value.
And then down falls again.
As if that name,
[Drawing his sword. Fri.
Hold thy desperate hand:
(1) Torn to pieces with thine own weapons.
But thou slew'st Tybalt; there'art thou happy too :
Rom. Do so, and bid my sweet prepare to chide.
Nurse. Here, sir, a ring she bid me give you, sir : Hie you, make haste, for it grows very late.
(Exit Nurse. Rom. How well my comfort is reviv'd by this !
Fri. Go hence: Good night; and here stands all Either be gone before the watch be set, Or by the break of day disguis'd from hence: Sojourn in Mantua ; I'll find out your man, And be shall signify from time to time Every good hap to you, that chances here: Give me thy hand ; 'tis late : farewell; good night.
(1) The whole of your fortune depends on this.
your state ;P