What are some examples of asides in Romeo and Juliet?

In act 1, scene 1, Sampson and Gregory, Capulet servants, speak to each other during the fight in the streets of Verona (Sampson: "[Aside to Gregory] Is the law of our side, if I say aye?" Gregory: "[Aside to Sampson] Say 'Better.' Here comes one of my master's kinsmen.") Look at another example in act 4, scene 1, as Friar Laurence expresses his thoughts amid Paris questioning the need to marry Juliet in haste: "Friar Laurence [Aside] I would I knew not why it should be slowed."

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For audiences, asides are enjoyable as the player speaks to them indirectly on or near an edge of the stage, thus drawing the audience into his/her thoughts and the action. In comedies they are especially delightful, and one can easily imagine how much the groundlings enjoyed them. These asides, spoken in an undertone by the characters, allow the audience to know the true feelings and thoughts of these characters rather than the pretense of feeling that they make to others in the scene with them. 

In Romeo and Julietas in other Shakespearean plays, asides are indicated in italics and enclosed in brackets: [Aside] These stage directions precede the actor's words and alert the reader/audience that only they are privy to these thoughts.

  • In Act I, Scene 1, in which the servants of the feuding Montagues and Capulets fight in the streets of Verona, Sampson and Gregory, servants of Capulet speak to each other amid the fray.

Sampson [Aside to Gregory] Is the law of our side, if I say aye? (1.1.25)

Gregory [Aside to Sampson] Say "Better." Here comes one of my master's kinsmen. (1.1.33)

Juliet [Aside] Villain and he be many miles asunder
                      God pardon him!....(3.5.82)

Friar Laurence [Aside] I would I knew not why it should be slowed. Look, sir, here comes the lady toward my cell. (4.1.16-17)

  • In Act V, Scene 3 there are two asides, one by the page of Paris who wait outside the catacomb for his master--

Page [Aside] I am almost afraid to stand alone
Here in the churchyard, yet I will adventure. (5.3.10)

  • and the other one spoken by Balthasar, servant to Romeo, who also awaits his master on the outside of the tomb:

Blathasar [Aside] For all this same, I'll hide hereabout. (5.3.43)

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