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Two households, both alike in dignity,
Do, with their death, bury their parents' strife.
Escalus, Prince of Verona.
Paris, a young nobleman, kinsman to the Prince. Montague,heads of two houses, at variance with each other.
An old man, uncle to Capulet.
Romeo, son to Montague.
Mercutio, kinsman to the prince, and friend to Romeo,
Friar Lawrence, a Franciscan.
Chorus. Boy; page to Paris: Peter; an officer.
Lady Montague, wife to Montague.
Lady Capulet, wife to Capulet,
Juliet, daughter to Capulet.
Nurse to Juliet.
Citizens of Verona; several Men and Women, relations to both houses; Maskers, Guards, Watchmen, and Attendants.
SCENE, during the greater part of the Play, in Verona: once in the fifth Act, at Mantua.
ROMEO AND JULIET.
SCENE I. A public Place.
Enter SAMPSON and GREGORY, armed with Swords and Bucklers.
GREGORY, O'my word, we'll not carry coals.*
Gre. No, for then we should be colliers. Sam. I mean, an we be in choler, we'll draw. Gre. Ay, while you live, draw your neck out of the collar.
Sam. I strike quickly, being moved.
Gre. But thou art not quickly moved to strike. Sam. A dog of the house of Montague moves me. Gre. To move, is-to stir; and to be valiant, is— to stand to it: therefore, if thou art mov'd, thou run'st away.
Sam. A dog of that house shall move me to stand: I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague's.
Gre. That shows thee a weak slave; for the weakest goes to the wall.
Sam. True; and therefore women, being the weaker vessels, are ever thrust to the wall:-therefore I will push Montague's men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall.
A phrase formerly in use to signify the bearing injuries.