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Scene I.—A Public Place.
Enter Sampson and Gregory, armed with Swords and Bucklers.
- Sam. Gregory, on 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: therefore, if thou art moved, 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. 'Tis 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.
- Gre. The quarrel is between our masters, and us their men.
- Sam. 'Tis all one, I will show myself a tyrant: when I have fought with the men, I will be civil with the maids; I will cut off their heads.
- Gre. The heads of the maids?
- Sam. Ay, the heads of the maids, or their maidenheads; take it in what sense thou wilt.
- Gre. They must take it in sense, that feel it.
- Sam. Me they shall feel, while I am able to stand; and 'tis known, I am a pretty piece of flesh.
- Gre. 'Tis well, thou art not fish; if thou hadst,