In the play/story 'Romeo and Juliet', what does this monoluge mean and where is it set?
The Gerkin 2010/10/12 20:54:00
Here is the monologue:
- JULIET: Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds,
- Towards Phoebus' lodging! Such a wagoner
- As Phaeton would whip you to the west
- And bring in cloudy night immediately.
- Spread thy close curtain, love-performing night,
- That runaway's eyes may wink, and Romeo
- Leap to these arms untalked of and unseen.
- Lovers can see to do their amorous rites
- By their own beauties; or, if love be blind,
- It best agrees with night. Come, civil night,
- Thou sober-suited matron, all in black,
- And learn me how to lose a winning match,
- Played for a pair of stainless maidenhoods.
- Hood my unmanned blood, bating in my cheeks,
- With thy black mantle till strange love grow bold,
- Think true love acted simple modesty.
- Come, night; come, Romeo; come, thou day in night;
- For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night
- Whiter than new snow upon a raven's back.
- Come, gentle night; come, loving, black-browed night;
- Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die,
- Take him and cut him out in little stars,
- And he will make the face of heaven so fine
- That all the world will be in love with night
- And pay no worship to the garish sun.
- O, I have bought the mansion of a love,
- But not possessed it. So tedious is this day
- As is the night before some festival
- To an impatient child that hath new robes
- And may not wear them.
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