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How we cite the quotes:
Citations follow this format: (Act.Scene.Line). Line numbers correspond to the 2008 Norton edition of the play.
| Quote #10
Come, come with me, and we will make short work;
For, by your leaves, you shall not stay alone
Till holy church incorporate two in one.
You might be wondering what Friar Laurence means when he says the church will "incorporate two in one." He's talking about how the marriage of Romeo and Juliet will be performed in and by the "church." He's also referring to the biblical idea that a marriage between a man and woman unites them into "one flesh" (Genesis 2:2). Friar Laurence is also hinting at the way marriage makes sex acceptable in the eyes of God – Romeo and Juliet are really excited about moving on to the honeymoon phase of their relationship.
| Quote #11
Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn,
The gallant, young and noble gentleman,
The County Paris, at Saint Peter's Church,
Shall happily make thee there a joyful bride.
Now, by Saint Peter's Church and Peter too,
He shall not make me there a joyful bride.
I wonder at this haste; that I must wed
Ere he, that should be husband, comes to woo.
I pray you, tell my lord and father, madam,
I will not marry yet; and, when I do, I swear,
It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate,
Rather than Paris. These are news indeed!
Lady Capulet emphasizes that Paris's good looks and social status make him an appropriate husband. Juliet sees things differently. We also notice that the obedient Juliet we saw at the play's beginning is long gone. Here, she stands up to her mother and father by insisting that she, not them, will choose a husband.
| Quote #12
How now, how now, chop-logic! What is this?
'Proud,' and 'I thank you,' and 'I thank you not;'
And yet 'not proud,' mistress minion, you,
Thank me no thankings, nor, proud me no prouds,
But fettle your fine joints 'gainst Thursday next,
To go with Paris to Saint Peter's Church,
Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither.
Out, you green-sickness carrion! out, you baggage!
Hang thee, young baggage! disobedient wretch!
I tell thee what: get thee to church o' Thursday,
Or never after look me in the face:
Speak not, reply not, do not answer me; (3.5.3)
Juliet's father flips out and becomes verbally abusive when Juliet refuses to marry Paris. What the heck happened to his earlier stance that Juliet should marry for love, when she's ready? Here, Lord Capulet treats his daughter like a piece of property that he can just give away to another man (Paris).