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-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Romeo and Juliet: Act 4, Scene 2

           Enter FATHER CAPULET, Mother
           [LADY CAPULET], NURSE,
           and SERVINGMEN, two or three.

2. So many guests invite as here are writ: i.e., invite everyone whose name is on this list.
  1   So many guests invite as here are writ.

           [He hands the list to First Servant.
           Exit First Servant.]

2. cunning: skillful
  2   Sirrah, go hire me twenty cunning cooks.

      Second Servant
3. try: test.
  3   You shall have none ill, sir; for I'll try if they
  4   can lick their fingers.

5. How canst thou try them so?: how would that test work?
  5   How canst thou try them so?

      Second Servant
6-7. Marry, sir, 'tis an ill cook that cannot lick his / own fingers: Indeed, sir, it's a bad cook who cannot lick his own fingers. The point is that if the cook can't lick his own fingers, he doesn't have any confidence in his own cooking.
  6   Marry, sir, 'tis an ill cook that cannot lick his
  7   own fingers; therefore he that cannot lick his
  8   fingers goes not with me.

  9   Go, be gone.

           [Exit Second Servant.]

10. unfurnished: unprepared.  this time: this occasion [the wedding of Juliet and Paris].
 10   We shall be much unfurnished for this time.
 11   What, is my daughter gone to Friar Laurence?

 12   Ay, forsooth.

 13   Well, he may chance to do some good on her:
14. harlotry: wench, good-for-nothing.  it is: she is. "It" was used to refer to babies.
 14   A peevish self-will'd harlotry it is.

15. shrift: confession.
 15   See where she comes from shrift with merry look.

           Enter JULIET.

 16   How now, my headstrong! where have you been
16. gadding: wandering.

 17   Where I have learn'd me to repent the sin
 18   Of disobedient opposition
 19   To you and your behests, and am enjoin'd
 20   By holy Laurence to fall prostrate here,

           [She kneels.]

 21   And beg your pardon. Pardon, I beseech you!
 22   Henceforward I am ever ruled by you.

 23   Send for the County; go tell him of this:
 24   I'll have this knot knit up tomorrow morning.

 25   I met the youthful lord at Laurence' cell;
26. becomed: befitting.
 26   And gave him what becomed love I might,
 27   Not stepping o'er the bounds of modesty.

 28   Why, I am glad on't; this is well: stand up:

           [Juliet rises.]

 29   This is as't should be. Let me see the County;
 30   Ay, marry, go, I say, and fetch him hither.
 31   Now, afore God! this reverend holy friar,
 32   All our whole city is much bound to him.

33. closet: private room.
34. sort: select. needful: necessary.
35. furnish me: i.e., adorn me as befits a bride.
 33   Nurse, will you go with me into my closet,
 34   To help me sort such needful ornaments
 35   As you think fit to furnish me tomorrow?

36. No, not till Thursday: Apparently Lady Capulet didn't hear Capulet the first time he said that he was moving the wedding up from Thursday to Wednesday.
 36   No, not till Thursday; there is time enough.

 37   Go, nurse, go with her: we'll to church tomorrow.

           Exeunt [Juliet and Nurse].

38. provision: i.e., food and drink for the wedding feast.
 38   We shall be short in our provision,
 39   'Tis now near night.

 39                                   Tush, I will stir about,
 40   And all things shall be well, I warrant thee, wife;
 41   Go thou to Juliet, help to deck up her;
42. let me alone: leave everything to me.
 42   I'll not to bed tonight; let me alone;
 43   I'll play the housewife for this once. What, ho!
 44   They are all forth. Well, I will walk myself
 45   To County Paris, to prepare him up
 46   Against to-morrow. My heart is wondrous light,
 47   Since this same wayward girl is so reclaim'd.