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"Romeo and Juliet" Vocabulary from Act 2

October 17, 2012
Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is the classic story of love in the midst of hate, and whether that love is strong enough and wise enough to survive what surrounds it (etext found here).

Learn these word lists for each act of the tragedy: Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, Act 4, and Act 5.
beloved
Now Romeo is beloved and loves again,
Alike betwitched by the charm of looks
conjure
Nay, I'll conjure too.
Romeo! humours! madman! passion! lover!
Appear thou in the likeness of a sigh
likeness
Appear thou in the likeness of a sigh
jest
He jests at scars that never felt a wound.
yonder
What light through yonder window breaks?
envious
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou her maid art far more fair than she
deny
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
counsel
What man art thou that thus bescreen'd in night
So stumblest on my counsel
dwell
Fain would I dwell on form, fain, fain deny
What I have spoke
prove
Yet if thou swear'st,
Thou mayst prove fals
cease
Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be
Ere one can say 'It lightens.'
purpose
Wouldst thou withdraw it? for what purpose, love?
hoarse
Bondage is hoarse, and may not speak aloud
grave
What is her burying grave that is her womb!
virtue
Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied.
stumble
Nor aught so good but strain'd from that fair use
Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse
vice
Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied.
woe
I have forgot that name, and that name's woe.
chide
Thou chid'st me oft for loving Rosaline.
courtesy
Watch out for those puns -- Mercutio plays with "courtesy" and "curtsy" over the next few lines.
Pardon, good Mercutio, my business was great; and in
such a case as mine a man may strain courtesy.
stretch
O here's a wit of cheveril, that stretches from an
inch narrow to an ell broad!
mar
One, gentlewoman, that God hath made for himself to
mar.
knave
And thou must stand by
too, and suffer every knave to use me at his pleasure?
commend
Nurse, commend me to thy lady and mistress.
protest
Note that the nurse interrupts -- she thinks that Romeo means 'propose.'
Nurse, commend me to thy lady and mistress. I
protest unto thee.
swift
Had she affections and warm youthful blood,
She would be as swift in motion as a ball.
jaunt
Note: The nurse is either being ironic here, or she doesn't know what "jaunt" means -- she hasn't been travelling for pleasure!
Fie, how my bones ache! what a jaunt have I had
cell
Then hie you hence to Friar Laurence' cell;

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