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Romeo and Juliet

Juliet: "Blistered be thy tongue" (Act 3 Scene 2)

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Romeo and Juliet is a play about two young lovers from families that are sworn enemies. Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet have fallen in love and secretly married earlier that day. Romeo intervenes in a fight between his friend Mercutio and Juliet's cousin Tybalt. Mercutio dies, and in a rage, Romeo kills Tybalt and is then banished. Juliet's nurse criticises Romeo so Juliet defends her husband.

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Romeo and Juliet: Act 3 Scene 2

Blistered be thy tongue
For such a wish! he was not born to shame:
Upon his brow shame is ashamed to sit;
For 'tis a throne where honour may be crowned
Sole monarch of the universal earth.
O what a beast was I to chide at him!
Shall I speak ill of him that is my husband?
Ah, poor my lord, what tongue shall smooth thy name,
When I, thy three-hours wife, have mangled it?
But wherefore, villain, didst thou kill my cousin?
That villain cousin would have killed my husband.
Back, foolish tears, back to your native spring,
Your tributary drops belong to woe,
Which you mistaking offer up to joy.
My husband lives, that Tybalt would have slain,
And Tybalt's dead that would have slain my husband:
All this is comfort, wherefore weep I then?

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