|Character name: ||Nurse|
|Age Range: ||30 — 45|
|Show: ||Romeo and Juliet|
|Duration: ||0 — 2 minutes |
|Monologue Type: ||comedic,classical|
- Even or odd, of all days in the year,
- Come Lammas Eve at night shall she be fourteen.
- Susan and she (God rest all Christian souls!)
- Were of an age. Well, Susan is with God;
- She was too good for me. But, as I said,
- On Lammas Eve at night shall she be fourteen;
- That shall she, marry; I remember it well.
- 'Tis since the earthquake now eleven years;
- And she was weaned (I never shall forget it),
- Of all the days of the year, upon that day;
- For I had then laid wormwood to my dug,
- Sitting in the sun under the dovehouse wall.
- My lord and you were then at Mantua.
- Nay, I do bear a brain. But, as I said,
- When it did taste the wormwood on the nipple
- Of my dug and felt it bitter, pretty fool,
- To see it tetchy and fall out with the dug!
- Shake, quoth the dovehouse! 'Twas no need, I trow,
- To bid me trudge.
- And since that time it is eleven years,
- For then she could stand high-lone; nay, by th' rood,
- She could have run and waddled all about;
- For even the day before, she broke her brow;
- And then my husband (God be with his soul!
- 'A was a merry man) took up the child.
- 'Yea,' quoth he, 'dost thou fall upon thy face?
- Thou wilt fall backward when thou hast more wit;
- Wilt thou not, Jule?' and, by my holidam,
- The pretty wretch left crying and said 'Ay.'
- To see now how a jest shall come about!
- I warrant, an I should live a thousand years
- I never should forget it. 'Wilt thou not, Jule?' quoth he,
- And, pretty fool, it stinted and said 'Ay.'
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