Act 3, Scene 1, lines 34 to 138

  1. Enter TYBALT, BENVOLIO, and others.

  2. Benvolio:

    By my head, here come the Capulets.

  3. Mercutio:

    By my heel, I care not.       [35]

  4. Tybalt:

    [To his men.] Follow me close, for I will speak to them.

    [To Benvolio and Mercutio.] Gentlemen, good-e'en, a word with one of you.

  5. Mercutio:

    And but one word with one of us? Couple it with something, make it a word and a blow.

  6. Tybalt:

    You shall find me apt enough to that, sir, and you will   [40]
    give me occasion.

  7. Mercutio:

    Could you not take some occasion without giving?

  8. Tybalt:

    Mercutio, thou consortest with Romeo.

  9. Mercutio:

    Consort? What, dost thou make us minstrels? And thou
    make minstrels of us, look to hear nothing but discords.
    [Moving his hand to his sword.] Here's my fiddlestick,
    here's that shall make you dance.'Zounds, [no-glossary]consort[/no-glossary]!

  10. Benvolio:

    We talk here in the public haunt of men.
    Either withdraw unto some private place,
    Or reason coldly of your grievances,            [50]
    Or else depart. Here all eyes gaze on us.

  11. Mercutio:

    Men's eyes were made to look, and let them gaze.
    I will not budge for no man's pleasure, I.

  12. [Enter ROMEO.]

  13. Tybalt:

    Well, peace be with you, sir, here comes my man.

  14. Mercutio:

    But I'll be hanged, sir, if he wear your livery.         [55]
    Marry, go before to field, he'll be your follower.
    Your worship in that sense may call him "man."

  15. Tybalt:

    Romeo, the love I bear thee can afford
    No better term than this: thou art a villain.

  16. Romeo:

    Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee     [60]
    Doth much excuse the appertaining rage
    To such a greeting.
     Villain am I none,
    Therefore farewell, I see thou knowest me not.

  17. Tybalt:

    Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries
    That thou hast done me, therefore turn and draw.    [65]

  18. Romeo:

    I do protest I never injured thee,
    But love thee better than thou canst devise
    Till thou shalt know the reason of my love.
    And so, good Capulet, which name I tender 
    As dearly as mine own, be satisfied.          [70]

  19. Mercutio:

    O calm, dishonourable, vile submission!
    Alla stoccata carries it away. [Drawing his sword.]
    Tybalt, you rat-catcher, will you walk?

  20. Tybalt:

    What wouldst thou have with me?

  21. Mercutio:

    Good king of cats, nothing but one of your nine lives,    [75]
    that I mean to make bold withal, and as you shall use
    me hereafter, drybeat the rest of the eight. Will you
    pluck your sword out of his pilcher by the ears? Make
    haste, lest mine be about your ears ere it be out.

  22. Tybalt:

    I am for you. [Drawing his sword.]        [80]

  23. Romeo:

    Gentle Mercutio, put thy rapier up.

  24. Mercutio:

    Come sir, your passado. [They fight]

  25. Romeo:

    Draw, Benvolio; beat down their weapons.
    Gentlemen, for shame, forbear this outrage!
    Tybalt, Mercutio, the Prince expressly hath      [85]
    Forbidden bandying in Verona streets:
    Hold, Tybalt! Good Mercutio!

  26. [During the fight, ROMEO tries to part them, and TYBALT stabs MERCUTIO under ROMEO's arm. TYBALT runs offstage.]

  27. Mercutio:

                               I am hurt.
    A plague on both your houses! I am sped.
    Is he gone and hath nothing?

  28. Benvolio:

    What, art thou hurt?            [90]

  29. Mercutio:

    Ay, ay, a scratch, a scratch. Marry, 'tis enough.
    Where is my page? Go, villain, fetch a surgeon. [Exit Page]

  30. Romeo:

    Courage man, the hurt cannot be much.

  31. Mercutio:

    No, 'tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide
    as a church-door;
     but 'tis enough, 'twill serve. Ask for  [95]
    me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man. I
    am peppered, I warrant, for this world. A plague o'
    both your houses!
     'Zounds, a dog, a rat, a mouse, a
     to scratch a man to death, a braggart, a
    rogue, a villain, that fights by the book of              [100]
    arithmetic! - Why the devil came you between us? I
    was hurt under your arm. 

  32. Romeo:

    I thought all for the best.

  33. Mercutio:

    Help me into some house, Benvolio,
    Or I shall faint. A plague o' both your houses!   [105]
    They have made worms' meat of me.
    I have it, and soundly too. Your houses!

  34. Exit MERCUTIO, helped by BENVOLIO and the servants.

  35. Romeo:

    This gentleman, the Prince's near ally,
    My very friend, hath got his mortal hurt
    In my behalf. My reputation stained          [110]
    With Tybalt's slander, - Tybalt, that an hour
    Hath been my cousin. O sweet Juliet,  
    Thy beauty hath made me effeminate
    And in my temper soften'd valour's steel.

  36. Enter BENVOLIO.

  37. Benvolio:

    O Romeo, Romeo, brave Mercutio is dead.   [115]
    That gallant spirit hath aspired the clouds, 
    Which too untimely here did scorn the earth. 

  38. Romeo:

    This day's black fate on more days doth depend,
    This but begins the woe others must end.

  39. Benvolio:

    Here comes the furious Tybalt back again.   [120]

  40. Enter TYBALT.

  41. Romeo:

    Alive in triumph and Mercutio slain?
    Away to heaven respective lenity, 
    And fire and fury be my conduct now. 
    Now, Tybalt, take the "villain" back again
    That late thou gav'st me, for Mercutio's soul
    Is but a little way above our heads
    Staying for thine to keep him company.
    Either thou, or I, or both, must go with him.

  42. Tybalt:

    Thou wretched boy, that didst [no-glossary]consort[/no-glossary] him here,
    Shalt with him hence.

  43. Romeo:

                         This shall determine that.  [130]

  44. They fight. TYBALT falls.

  45. Benvolio:

    Romeo, away, be gone! 
    The citizens are up, and Tybalt slain. 
    Stand not amazed, the Prince will doom thee death
    If thou art taken. Hence, be gone, away!

  46. Romeo:

    O! I am fortune's fool!

  47. Benvolio:

                           Why dost thou stay?  [135]

  48. Exit ROMEO.


Angry that Romeo sneaked into the Capulets' party, Tybalt challenges him to a fight. However, Romeo is now secretly married to Juliet, Tybalt's cousin, and so considers Tybalt to be family. When he refuses to fight Tybalt, Romeo's hot-tempered friend Mercutio gets involved instead. Romeo tries to intervene, but his attempts result in Mercutio being fatally wounded. Romeo is angered by his friend's death and gets revenge by killing Tybalt.

1. Give examples of insults used by the characters in this scene?

2. What sense do you get of the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets?

3. Looking at Mercutio's language, describe his feelings towards a)Tybalt b)Romeo?


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