Scene Sample


A select portion of Act I , Scene 2



BENVOLIO

Good morning, cousin.
ROMEO

Is it morning already?
BENVOLIO

Yes, it’s 9:00 o’clock.
ROMEO

The hours seem so sad as they just linger on. Was that my father who left in such a hurry?
BENVOLIO

Yes, it was. Tell me, what is it that makes you so sad and causes time to pass so slowly?
ROMEO

I just don’t have what’s needed to make time fly.
BENVOLIO

In love are you?
ROMEO

Out.
BENVOLIO

Out of love?
ROMEO

Out of favor with the one I love.
BENVOLIO

Ah, so sad that can be. Love often looks beautiful, yet stirs such pain.
ROMEO

They say love is blind, yet it sees quite well enough to steer me in whichever direction it chooses me to wander. Anyway, … where shall we eat?

(ROMEO notices blood on BENVOLIO’S hand)

And what’s this? Has there been another fight? No, don’t tell me. I already know. It must have been of hatred, or love, or some combination of the two. That’s forever what causes such quarrels. Oh, brawling love! Oh, loving hate! Oh, heavy lightness! Serious vanity! Misshapen chaos out of well-seeming forms! Feathers of lead, brightly-colored smoke, fire as cold as ice, healthy sickness, wide-awake sleep, everything is what it is not! This love that I feel, is answered not by another.

(ROMEO pauses)

Are you laughing toward me?

BENVOLIO

No cousin, I’m crying.

ROMEO

Good heavens, man, why?

BENVOLIO

I’m crying because of how sad you are.

ROMEO

Yes, this is what love does. It sits heavy on a chest and stings the eyes with smoke. It’s makes an ocean of my tears, a wise form of madness, a sweet lozenge upon which I choke. Goodbye, my cousin.