Please paraphrase this quote: I measuring his affections by my own, Which the most sougth where most might not be found, Being one too manyby my weary self-Pursued my humor, not pursuing his, And...

Please paraphrase this quote: I measuring his affections by my own, Which the most sougth where most might not be found, Being one too many

by my weary self-Pursued my humor, not pursuing his, And gladly shunned who gladly fled from me

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allyson | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

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\"I, measuring his affections by my own,--
That most are busied when they\'re most alone,--
Pursu\'d my humour, not pursuing his,
And gladly shunn\'d who gladly fled from me.\"

Benvolio speaks these words to Lady Montague in Act 1 scene i. She asked him if he had seen Romeo that day. Benvolio replies that he had seen Romeo walking this morning, but when Romeo saw him, he went towards the woods. In the lines you included, Benvolio is saying that he thought Romeo looked sad, and that he too is sad, and so decided not to go after him, since often when people are alone they are at their busiest (thinking/worrying about something). Instead Benvolio gladly let Romeo be alone.

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