• Enter CAPULET, LADY CAPULET, NURSE, and two or three SERVINGMEN

    CAPULET

    (gives paper to FIRST SERVINGMAN) So many guests invite as here are writ.
    Exit FIRST SERVINGMAN
    (to SECOND SERVINGMAN) Sirrah, go hire me twenty cunning cooks.

    SECOND SERVINGMAN

    You shall have none ill, sir, for I’ll try if they can lick their fingers.

    CAPULET

    How canst thou try them so?

    SECOND SERVINGMAN

    5Marry, sir, ’tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers. Therefore he that cannot lick his fingers goes not with me.

    CAPULET

    Go, be gone.
    We shall be much unfurnished for this time.
    Exit SECOND SERVINGMAN
    What, is my daughter gone to Friar Lawrence?

    NURSE

    Ay, forsooth.

    CAPULET

    10Well, he may chance to do some good on her.
    A peevish self-willed harlotry it is.
    Enter JULIET
  • CAPULET enters with LADY CAPULET, the NURSE, and two or three SERVINGMEN.

    CAPULET

    (giving the FIRST SERVINGMAN a piece of paper) Invite all the guests on this list.
    The FIRST SERVINGMAN exits.
    (to SECOND SERVINGMAN) Boy, go hire twenty skilled cooks.

    SECOND SERVINGMAN

    You won’t get any bad cooks from me. I’ll test them by making them lick their fingers.

    CAPULET

    How can you test them like that?

    SECOND SERVINGMAN

    Easy, sir. It’s a bad cook who can’t lick his own fingers. So the cooks who can’t lick their fingers aren’t hired.

    CAPULET

    Go, get out of here.
    The SECOND SERVINGMAN exits.
    We’re unprepared for this wedding celebration. (to the NURSE) What, has my daughter gone to see Friar Lawrence?

    NURSE

    Yes, that’s true.

    CAPULET

    Well, there’s a chance he may do her some good. She’s a stubborn little brat.
    JULIET enters.