• Enter SAMPSON and GREGORY of the house of Capulet, with swords and bucklers

    SAMPSON

    Gregory, on my word, we’ll not carry coals.

    GREGORY

    No, for then we should be colliers.

    SAMPSON

    I mean, an we be in choler, we’ll draw.

    GREGORY

    Ay, while you live, draw your neck out of collar.

    SAMPSON

    5I strike quickly, being moved.

    GREGORY

    But thou art not quickly moved to strike.

    SAMPSON

    A dog of the house of Montague moves me.

    GREGORY

    To move is to stir, and to be valiant is to stand.
    Therefore if thou art moved thou runn’st away.

    SAMPSON

    10A dog of that house shall move me to stand. I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague’s.
  • SAMPSON and GREGORY, servants of the Capulet family, enter carrying swords and small shields.

    SAMPSON

    Gregory, I swear, we can’t let them humiliate us. We won’t take their garbage.

    GREGORY

    (teasing SAMPSON) No, because then we’d be garbagemen.

    SAMPSON

    What I mean is, if they make us angry we’ll pull out our swords.

    GREGORY

    Maybe you should focus on pulling yourself out of trouble, Sampson.

    SAMPSON

    I hit hard when I’m angry.

    GREGORY

    But it’s hard to make you angry.

    angry

    Gregory continually implies that Sampson isn’t as tough as he’s acting.

    SAMPSON

    One of those dogs from the Montague house can make me angry.

    GREGORY

    Angry enough to run away. You won’t stand and fight.

    SAMPSON

    A dog from that house will make me angry enough to take a stand. If I pass one of them on the street, I’ll take the side closer to the wall and let him walk in the gutter.