What are some quotes in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet about the language, costuming, and characters of the play?I need quotes from act 1 scene 1.

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One would only need open a copy of the play to find quotes, but here are a few:

"True; and therefore women, being the weaker vessels,

are ever thrust to the wall; therefore I will push

Montague's men from the wall, and thrust his maids

to the wall." (Sampson)

"If I profane with my unworthiest hand

This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this:

My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand

To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss." (Romeo to Juliet)

"But soft, what light from yonder window breaks?

It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.

Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,

Who is already sick and pale with grief,

That thou her maid art far more fair than she:

Be not her maid, since she is envious;

Her vestal livery is but sick and green

And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.

It is my lady, O, it is my love!

O! that she kew she were!

She speaks yet she says nothing: what of that?

Her eye discourses; I will answer it.

I am too bold, 'tis not to me she speaks;

Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,

Having some business, do entreat her eyes

To tinkle in their spheres till they return.

What if her eyes were there, they in her head?

The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars,

As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven

Would through the airy region stream so bright

That birds would sing and think it were not night.

See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!

O, that I were a glove upon that hand,

That I might touch that cheek!" (Romeo)

"O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?

Deny thy father and refuse thy name;

Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,

Ald I'll no longer be a Capulet. (Juliet)



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