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In the opening scene the the play, Sampson, a Capulet servant, states to Gregory, another Capulet servant, "I will certainly take the wall of any kind of man or maid that Montague"s" (1.1.9-10). The side of the street beside the wall, the farthest away from the horse droppings and open sewers, was the favored place. Inferiors were an alleged to yield the wall surface to superiors, and therefore come "take the wall" the someone was to display disrespect to the person. Gregory contradicts Sampson by making use of a proverb, "the weakest goes to the wall," which way that the weak must constantly yield come the strong. As such if Sampson take away the wall surface , "That mirrors thee a weak slave; for the weakest goes come the wall" (1.1.11-12). Gregory"s joke only gives Sampson an chance to make even bigger boasts. He says, "True; and also therefore women, gift the weaker vessels, are ever thrust to the wall: therefore I will push Montague"s guys from the wall, and thrust his maids come the wall" (1.1.13-17). Sampson is walk to it is in the man who will frighten all the Montague men and also screw every the Montague women. Sorry for the rudely language, yet Sampson is a rudely character, and he it s okay worse. Gregory points the end that the feud is between the Capulet and also Montague men, not the women, but that provides no difference to Sampson. He declares he will certainly fight the men and then politely cut off the top of the women. Or their maidenheads, "take the in what sense thou it must be (1.1.25-26). Gregory responds with an additional pun, a relatively feeble one: "They should take that in sense that feeling it" (1.1.27). Gregory has actually turned the expression "take that in what sense" right into the phrase "take that in sense," which way "to feel v the physics senses," and he method it"s the Montague maids who space going to "take it in sense." This joke pleases Sampson, due to the fact that he"s certain he"s the stud that can give what the maids are going come "take in sense." he says, "Me castle shall feeling while ns am able come stand: and "tis known I to be a pretty item of flesh" (1.1.28-29). Previously Sampson used the indigenous "stand" in the sense of "stand and also fight"; now he"s introduce to the sturdiness of his masculine member. This brings an additional joke from Gregory: ""Tis fine thou art not fish; if she hadst, thou hadst to be poor-John" (1.1.30-31). "Poor-John" to be the cheapest sort of dried fish. Dried fish were commonly sold totality -- head, tail, and all -- and also they were so thoroughly dried that they were as tough as wood. Hence a dried fish might be compared to a man"s erection, and also Gregory"s joke is that Sampson"s "pretty piece of flesh" is nice ugly.At this point, the enemy appears, however even the doesn"t protect against the sex jokes. Gregory says, "Draw her tool! right here comes two of the home of the Montagues" (1.1.31-32), and also Sampson answers, "My naked weapon is out" (1.1.33-34). Hurriedly, Lady Capulet claims to the Nurse, "Nurse, where"s my daughter? contact her forth to me" (1.3.1), and also the Nurse answers, "Now, by my maidenhead in ~ twelve year old, / i bade she come." (1.3.2-3). She is swearing that she already told Juliet come come. (Another person might swear through her faith or honor, but the Nurse swears by the purity of she maidenhead at the age of twelve, the last time it was intact.)A small later together the Nurse is reminiscing around Juliet, she tells a story around the day prior to Juliet to be weaned. Juliet had fallen and also bruised her forehead, and also the Nurse"s husband had actually picked her up and made a joke which three-year-old Juliet made even better:"Yea," quoth he, "dost thou fall upon her face?Thou wilt loss backward when thou hast more wit;Wilt she not, Jule?" and, by my holidame,The quite wretch left crying and also said "Ay."To see, now, how a jest shall come about!I warrant, one I must live a thousand years,I never need to forget it: "Wilt you not, Jule?" quoth he;And, nice fool, that stinted and also said "Ay."(1.3.41-48)A woman would certainly "fall backward" to have actually sex, but of course tiny Juliet doesn"t know that, so when she says "Ay" it"s hilarious in a truth-out-of-the-mouths-of-babes kind of way. The Nurse thinks the story is so funny she speak it twice, laughing and also probably imitating the cute, innocent method the child claimed "Ay." Juliet is present (and blushing?) as this story is being told, and then her mother urges her to get married Paris. In an attempt to son Romeo the end of his love-melancholy, Mercutio provides some bawdy jokes. Romeo has just claimed that the is sinking under the load of love, therefore Mercutio replies that Romeo would certainly "sink in it, must you load love -- / Too great oppression for a soft thing" (1.4.24). This method that if Romeo is going to blame ("burden") love because that his state that mind, he will only sink further into love. The also means that if Romeo gets what he desires (sex, in Mercutio"s opinion) he will certainly sink into the woman and be a burden to her. Mercutio"s general allude is the Romeo is acquisition himself method too seriously, but Romeo is no convinced. He says love is no a "tender thing" at all, but rough and also "pricks favor thorn" (1.4.26), which provides Mercutio an opening for the ideal pun of the scene: "Prick love for pricking, and also you to win love down" (1.4.28). In Mercutio"s view, Romeo"s love-sickness is resulted in by a absence of sex; if he"s just have actually some, he"d get over reasoning that he requirements to it is in in love.Later in the same scene, at the end of his "Queen Mab" speech, Mercutio claims Queen Mab is a mischief-maker who tangles the manes of horses and also the hair that people. She additionally introduces virgins (presumably through their dreams) come sex: "This is the hag, as soon as maids lied on their backs, / the presses them and also learns them an initial to bear, / do them females of an excellent carriage" (1.4.92-94). "Good carriage" is great deportment, however as Mercutio supplies it, it"s the ability to carry the load of a man. After Romeo and Juliet meet and kiss, the Nurse appears with the news the Juliet"s mom is calling for her. Romeo asks who Juliet"s mommy is, and the Nurse educates him that Juliet"s mother is the lady of the house, and also that she herself is Juliet"s nurse, and that "he that can lay host of her / Shall have the chinks" (1.5.116-117). "The chinks" room coins the make a chinking sound, so the Nurse means that the husband that Juliet, only heir come a rich man, will make her husband rich. In addition, come "have the chinks" is to be in the state that wheezing and also gasping that comes as soon as you are laughing so difficult you should stop, however can"t, so the Nurse, in she bawdy way, may also be arguing that Juliet"s husband will have a really good time with her in bed. After Romeo has jumped over a wall surface and right into Capulet"s garden, Mercutio bawdily mocks Romeo"s love because that Rosaline. He conjures Romeo, "By she fine foot, directly leg and quivering thigh / and also the demesnes the there adjacent lie, / the in thy likeness thou show up to us!" (2.1.19-21). "Demesnes" space estates, or domains, wherein a lord has the legal rights to hunt and also plow, and also such domains were typically used as metaphors in the erotic city of the time, consisting of Shakespeare"s own "Venus and also Adonis," in which Venus invites Adonis to selection freely over her "Sweet bottom grass and high delightful plain, / Round increasing hillocks, brakes obscure and also rough." The "demesnes" nearby to Rosaline"s "quivering thigh" would be the areas of bottom grass and brakes.Benvolio, that understands the Romeo is being accused of being in lust, tells Mercutio that he"s likely to do Romeo angry. Mercutio replies the "This cannot anger him: "twould anger the / come raise a heart in his mistress" circle / Of part strange nature, letting the there was standing / till she had actually laid it and conjured that down" (2.1.23-26). Folk-lore had it that a conjurer can draw a one on the ground and raise a heart within the circle. Typically, the heart would be a evil one looking to journey a an excellent bargain because that the conjurer"s soul, yet "spirit" was also slang because that semen or the masculine member, and of course "circle," "stand," and "laid" room all associated double-entendres. Explicate the heart as "of part strange nature" is Mercutio"s way of do the point that Romeo would get angry just if some stranger had sex with Rosaline prior to he did.Mercutio go on to say that he"s no trying come anger Romeo, just make that appear, but Benvolio is ready to provide up. He claims Romeo has surely surprise himself among the tree "To it is in consorted with the humorous night: / blind is his love and best fine the dark" (2.1.31-32). Mercutio jokes, "If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark" (2.1.33), and also then renders clear exactly what type of "mark" he"s thinking of by saying of Romeo, "Now will certainly he sit under a medlar tree, / and also wish his mistress were that kind of fruit / as maids contact medlars, once they laugh alone" (2.1.34-36). Maids cite the medlar only when they "laugh alone" (i.e., with each other) since it is such a sexy fruit. It"s small, brown-skinned, and also round, but has a cleft prefer an apricot and a deep cup-shaped depression at the stem end. Also, it"s just edible when it"s half-rotten and beginning to separation open. Mercutio is saying that Romeo will certainly sit under a medlar tree and also wish that Rosaline would open up up like a medlar. Just in instance Romeo hasn"t to be paying attention, Mercutio calls out, "O, Romeo, the she were, O, the she were / An open up et caetera, you a pop"rin pear!" (2.1.37-38). A "pop"rin pear" is a Flemish fruit that looks choose it would fit nicely in the medlar"s cup-shaped depression. Come make everything obvious, editors often substitute "open-arse" for "open et caetera"; "open-arse" was an really slang name for the fruit the the medlar, but Mercutio is gift witty, no gross. The morning after ~ Capulet"s feast, Mercutio and also Romeo exchange witty insults. After a while Mercutio states that if Romeo is going to lead a wild goose-chase the wit, he can"t follow due to the fact that Romeo is much more of a goose 보다 he is. The finishes turn off by asking, "Was I through you there because that the goose?" (2.4.74), meaning, "Am i right about you gift a goose?" Romeo retorts, "Thou wast never with me for any kind of thing as soon as thou wast no there for the goose" (2.4.75-76), meaning, "You never go almost everywhere with me without trying to find a prostitute." Mercutio mockingly complains around Romeo"s sharp wit, and also Romeo finds new ways to speak to Mercutio a "goose" till Mercutio exclaims:Why, is no this much better now 보다 groaning because that love? now art she sociable, currently art thou Romeo; currently art she what she art, by art as well as by nature, for this drivelling love is favor a an excellent natural, the runs lolling up and also down to hide his bauble in a hole.(2.4.88-93)Mercutio is happy due to the fact that he believes he has brought back the genuine Romeo, the one that is sociable and has "art" -- that is, intelligence and wit. The various other Romeo lived only for love. And what is love? A "natural," a drooling fool. That fool love tote a fool"s "bauble" (a stick), and looks for a hole to rod his stick into. Of course the bit around the bauble and also the hole is a sexual double-entendre, therefore Benvolio cries the end in mock shock, "Stop there, avoid there" (2.4.94), but Mercutio is on a roll. Punning ~ above "tale" and "tail," then adding twin entendres on "large," "short," "depth," and "occupy," Mercutio declares the he was about to prevent anyway. Romeo, completely enjoying the whole performance, cries "Here"s goodly gear!" (2.4.101). "Gear" means "stuff," but in the spirit of the occasion, Romeo is probably additionally using "gear" in that is slang definition -- sexual organs.A tiny later in the exact same scene the Nurse mirrors up, in search of Romeo. Being together dignified as she to know how, the Nurse says, "God ye good morrow , gentlemen" (2.4.109). Mercutio corrects her, saying, "God ye great den , fair gentlewoman" (2.4.110), and when she expresses surprised that that is afternoon, Mercutio assaults her dignity v an off-color joke: ""Tis no less, i tell you, because that the bawdy hand the the dial is currently upon the prick that noon" (2.4.112-113).Trying to overlook Mercutio, the Nurse states to Romeo, "If you be he , sir, ns desire some confidence with you" (2.4.127-128). "Confidence" is not fairly the native the Nurse should have actually used; she method that she desires a private conference v Romeo. Benvolio understands what she means, and mocks both her definition and her misuse the words. He says, "She will certainly indite the to part supper" (2.4.129). Benvolio is deliberately misusing "indite," which means "dictate" or " indict," because that "invite"; therefore he makes fun of her misuse of words "confidence." Also, by saying that she is inviting Romeo to supper, Benvolio is clearly implying the the Nurse is a prostitute, together a virtuous woman wouldn"t questioning a man to supper. The idea that the Nurse is a prostitute tickles Mercutio, and he runs with it. That cries out, "A bawd, a bawd, a bawd! so ho!" (2.4.130). "Bawd" means "prostitute" and is likewise hunter"s slang because that "hare." "So ho" is a hunter"s cry top top spotting the quarry. Romeo asks the what he has actually spotted, and Mercutio answers v a wire of double-entendres: "No hare, sir; unless a hare, sir, in a lenten pie, that is something stale and hoar ere it it is in spent" (2.4.132-133). A "lenten pie" is one to be eaten during Lent, as soon as you weren"t an alleged to eat meat; "hare" is slang for "prostitute"; "hoar" sounds the very same as "whore" and method "moldy"; "stale" is one more slang word for "prostitute"; "spent" method "finished." The non-bawdy an interpretation of what Mercutio has just claimed is "Not a hare, uneven it"s the type of hare that someone could slip right into a lenten pie, in which situation it would be stale and also moldy before it to be eaten." The bawdy meaning is "Not a hare, uneven it"s the kind of whore that is only an excellent enough once you can"t acquire someone better, in which situation she would be for this reason whorishly stale and also moldy that you"d it is in disgusted prior to you to be finished v her." Mercutio is for this reason pleased through his very own wit the he climate breaks right into a ditty which says the exact same thing over again, utilizing the very same double-entendres. After Mercutio and Benvolio have left to go to lunch, the Nurse is so upset at Mercutio"s bawdy witticisms the she asks Romeo, "I pray you, sir, what saucy seller was this, the was so complete of his ropery ?" (2.4.145-146). Romeo defines that Mercutio is just a man who likes come hear himself talk, and who doesn"t average most that what that says. The Nurse is not really mollified by this. She declares that if Mercutio "speak any type of thing versus me, I"ll take it him down" (2.4.150-151). She is additionally scolds Peter for not defending her, saying "And thou have to stand by too, and also suffer every knave to usage me at his pleasure!" (2.4.155-156). These outbursts probably attract a chuckle native the audience because the Nurse, in her resentment against Mercutio"s bawdy jests, unintentionally provides phrases i m sorry could additionally be taken the "wrong" way. Through "take the down" she way "take him down a notch," but the phrase could likewise be interpreted to median "have sex with." Similarly, in complaining that Peter permitted "every knave to use me in ~ his pleasure" the Nurse method that Peter allowed the males to make funny of her, yet "use me in ~ his pleasure" additionally has a sex-related meaning. The double-entendres continue in the next exchange. Peter says, "I observed no guy use you in ~ his pleasure; if ns had, mine weapon should easily have been out, ns warrant you" (2.4.157-158), and also the Nurse claims to Romeo, "Now, afore God, i am for this reason vexed, the every part about me quivers" (2.4.161-162). Peter may intend to provide "weapon" and "out" a sexual meaning, but the Nurse "quivers" only because she is angry, so we laugh no only because of the bawdy definition of what she says, but additionally because she doesn"t know what she"s saying. After much teasing delay, the Nurse gives Juliet the joyful news the Romeo will marry her at Friar Laurence"s cell. Therefore, she says, Juliet have to go come church, if she goes come fetch the rope ladder, "by the which her love / need to climb a bird"s nest soon as soon as it is dark" (2.5.73-74). "Bird"s nest" is the Nurse"s metaphor for Juliet"s bedroom, yet it also probably refers to an intimate part of Juliet"s body. The Nurse adds that she have to do a lot of work because that Juliet"s pleasure, yet it is Juliet that "shall bear the burden soon at night" (2.5.76). "Bear the burden" method "do the work," with an apparent sexual meaning. When Romeo and Juliet fulfill at Friar Laurence"s cabinet to be married, the tell every other just how much they love each other and also kiss. They might probably spend a lot of time kissing and also trying to uncover words for your love i m sorry is beyond words, yet the Friar Laurence leads them off, saying, "Come, come v me, and also we will make brief work; / For, by your leaves, you shall not continue to be alone / Till holy church incorporate 2 in one" (2.6.35-37). Friar Laurence is probably not make the efforts to be funny, however we may chuckle at his underlying assumed that it"s not safe to leaving them alone together before they"re married. Friar Laurence knows what kissing have the right to lead to. Capulet remains up all night make preparations because that the wedding in between Juliet and Paris, and also the Nurse tells him that if doesn"t get some sleep he"ll it is in sick the next day. Capulet answers, "No, not a whit. What! I have watch"d ere now / all night for lesser cause, and ne"er been sick" (4.4.9-10) . In ~ this, Lady Capulet teasingly says, "Ay, you have been a mouse-hunt in your time; / yet I will watch girlfriend from together watching now" (4.4.11-12). A "mouse-hunt" is a woman-chaser, and also Lady Capulet means that chasing ladies was she husband"s "lesser cause." however now she"s walk to save an eye ~ above him to make certain he doesn"t execute it again. Capulet takes the teasing well. Together his wife and the Nurse hurry off to do their errands, he says "A jealous hood, a jealousy hood!" (4.4.13). Literally a "hood" is a hood, a extending for the head, but putting "jealous" and also "hood" together has the the same impact as putting together "mad" and "cap" to do "madcap." Capulet is saying his mam is jealous, but it type of tickles him. On the morning Juliet is claimed to marry Paris, the Nurse come in to wake she up. As the Nurse philosophies Juliet"s bed, she calls Juliet affectionate nicknames and makes a pun around what"s walk to occur the next time she goes to bed: "You take her pennyworths now; / Sleep because that a week; because that the following night, ns warrant, / The ar Paris hath set up his rest, / the you candlestick rest yet little" (4.5.4-7).

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"Set increase his rest," a term indigenous a map game, way "staked a claim," and also Juliet will "rest but little" since her brand-new husband will insurance claim her time because that something various other than sleeping.