• Enter LADY CAPULET and NURSE

    LADY CAPULET

    Nurse, where’s my daughter? Call her forth to me.

    NURSE

    Now, by my maidenhead at twelve year old
    I bade her come. What, lamb! What, ladybird!
    God forbid! Where’s this girl? What, Juliet!
    Enter JULIET

    JULIET

    5How now, who calls?

    NURSE

    Your mother.

    JULIET

    Madam, I am here. What is your will?

    LADY CAPULET

    This is the matter.—Nurse, give leave awhile,
    We must talk in secret.—Nurse, come back again.
    10I have remembered me. Thou’s hear our counsel.
    Thou know’st my daughter’s of a pretty age.

    NURSE

    Faith, I can tell her age unto an hour.

    LADY CAPULET

    She’s not fourteen.

    NURSE

    I’ll lay fourteen of my teeth—and yet, to my teen be it spoken, I have but four—she is not fourteen. How long is it now to Lammastide?

    LADY CAPULET

    A fortnight and odd days.
  • LADY CAPULET and the NURSE enter.

    LADY CAPULET

    Nurse, where’s my daughter? Tell her to come to me.

    NURSE

    I swear to you by my virginity at age twelve, I already told her to come. Come on! Where is she? What is she doing? What, Juliet!
    JULIET enters.

    JULIET

    What is it? Who’s calling me?

    NURSE

    Your mother.

    JULIET

    Madam, I’m here. What do you want?

    LADY CAPULET

    I’ll tell you what’s the matter—Nurse, leave us alone for a little while. We must talk privately—Nurse, come back here. I just remembered, you can listen to our secrets. You know how young my daughter is.

    NURSE

    Yes, I know her age down to the hour.

    LADY CAPULET

    She’s not even fourteen.

    NURSE

    I’d bet fourteen of my own teeth—but, I’m sorry to say, I only have four teeth—she’s not fourteen. How long is it until Lammastide?

    Lammastide

    Lammastide = August 1.

    LADY CAPULET

    Two weeks and a few odd days.