• Enter JULIET and NURSE

    JULIET

    Ay, those attires are best. But, gentle Nurse,
    I pray thee, leave me to myself tonight,
    For I have need of many orisons
    To move the heavens to smile upon my state,
    5Which, well thou know’st, is cross and full of sin.
    Enter LADY CAPULET

    LADY CAPULET

    What, are you busy, ho? Need you my help?

    JULIET

    No, madam. We have culled such necessaries
    As are behooveful for our state tomorrow.
    So please you, let me now be left alone,
    10And let the Nurse this night sit up with you.
    For, I am sure, you have your hands full all
    In this so sudden business.

    LADY CAPULET

         Good night.
    Get thee to bed and rest, for thou hast need.
    Exeunt LADY CAPULET and NURSE

    JULIET

    Farewell!—God knows when we shall meet again.
    15I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins
    That almost freezes up the heat of life.
    I’ll call them back again to comfort me.—
    Nurse!—What should she do here?
  • JULIET and the NURSE enter.

    JULIET

    Yes, those are the best clothes. But, gentle Nurse, please leave me alone tonight. I have to say a lot of prayers to make the heavens bless me. You know that my life is troubled and full of sin.
    LADY CAPULET enters.

    LADY CAPULET

    What, are you busy? Do you need my help?

    JULIET

    No, madam, we’ve figured out the best things for me to wear tomorrow at the ceremony. So if it’s okay with you, I’d like to be left alone now. Let the Nurse sit up with you tonight. I’m sure you have your hands full preparing for the sudden festivities.

    LADY CAPULET

    Good night. Go to bed and get some rest. I’m sure you need it.
    LADY CAPULET and the NURSE exit.

    JULIET

    Good-bye. Only God knows when we’ll meet again. There is a slight cold fear cutting through my veins. It almost freezes the heat of life. I’ll call them back here to comfort me. Nurse!—Oh, what good would she do here?
    In my desperate situation, I have to act alone.