"Romeo and Juliet" Vocabulary from Act 5

October 21, 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.
If I may trust the flattering truth of sleep,
My dreams presage some joyful news at hand
I do remember an apothecary,--
And hereabouts he dwells,--which late I noted.
Noting this penury, to myself I said
'An if a man did need a poison now,
Whose sale is present death in Mantua,
Here lives a caitiff wretch would sell it him.
If a man did need a poison now,
Whose sale is present death in Mantua,
Here lives a caitiff wretch would sell it him.
My poverty, but not my will, consents.
The searchers of the town,
Suspecting that we both were in a house
Where the infectious pestilence did reign,
Seal'd up the doors, and would not let us forth
Give me thy torch, boy: hence, and stand aloof
Thou shalt hear it: whistle then to me,
As signal that thou hear'st something approach
Sweet flower, with flowers thy bridal bed I strew.
But if thou, jealous, dost return to pry
In what I further shall intend to do,
By heaven, I will tear thee joint by joint
And strew this hungry churchyard with thy limbs
The time and my intents are savage-wild,
More fierce and more inexorable far
Than empty tigers or the roaring sea.
Note that Shakespeare is using it as an adjective here -- Romeo has been condemned.
Condemned villain, I do apprehend thee
Mercutio's kinsman, noble County Paris!
Note that slaughter can also imply a senseless killing, rather than just for 'food consumption.'
O no! a lantern, slaughter'd youth,
For here lies Juliet, and her beauty makes
This vault a feasting presence full of light
O, here
Will I set up my everlasting rest,
And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars
From this world- wearied flesh
It burneth in the Capel's monument.
Yea, noise? then I'll be brief.
Go, tell the prince: run to the Capulets:
Raise up the Montagues: some others search,
A great suspicion: stay the friar too.
If aught in this
Miscarried by my fault, let my old life
Be sacrificed, some hour before his time,
Unto the rigour of severest law.

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