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Romeo and Juliet

Lord Capulet: "Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch!" (Act 3 Scene 5)

There are many ways that you could perform this speech; the Speech Text and Performance Notes explore some different approaches.

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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. Lord Capulet is a proud man and before this speech has just met a rich friend and promised him Juliet's hand in marriage. Juliet refuses the proposal as she's already married.

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Romeo and Juliet: Act 3 Scene 5
(Lord Capulet)

Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch!
I tell thee what: get thee to church a' Thursday,
Or never after look me in the face.
Speak not, reply not, do not answer me!
My fingers itch. Wife, we scarce thought us blest
That God had lent us but this only child,
But now I see this one is one too much,
And that we have a curse in having her.
Out on her, hilding!

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