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  • Act II Scene IV
  • “Good Morrow to you both. What counterfeit did I give you?” (2.4.48)
  • Romeo: “Pardon good Mercutio, my business was great, and in such a case as mine a man may strain courtesy.” (2.4.51)
  • “The slip sir, the Slip. Can you not conceive?” (2.4.50)
  • Romeo and MercutioThe Monatgue House
  • Romeo: “Switch and spurs, switch and spurs or i’ll cry a match” (2.4.71)
  • “Come between us, good Benvolio, My wits faints.”(2.4.69)
  • Mercutio makes jokes about Romeo, and is also angry at him, Romeo insults him during their fencing duel.
  • “Nay, if our wits run the wild-goose chase, I am done, for thou hast more of the wild goose in one of thy wits then, I have in my whole five. Was I with you there for the goose?” (2.4.73-76)
  • “Thou wast never with me for anything when thou was not there for the goose.” (2.4.78)
  • Romeo takes a type of verbal revenge when he insults Mercutio for his comments. Mercutio gets angrier, and fulfills Romeo's motive.
  • Act II Scene IV
  • “If you be he sir, I would like to have some confidence with you.” (2.4.129)
  • “She will indite him to some supper.” (2.4.131)
  • Romeo makes sure Mercutio always feels bad in the end, making Mercutio try to insult him again, or just give up like he did in the duel.
  • Nurse, Romeo, MercutioThe Montague House
  • “Farewell, ancient lady. Farewell, lady, lady, lady.” (2.4.145)
  • Shakespeare wants us to know that Revenge is okay if it makes you the bigger person, shown through Romeo insulting Mercutio.
  • The Nurse is mad that Mercutio might be making fun of her, and says she will take revenge and hurt him if she needs to.
  • “A gentleman, Nurse, that loves to hear himself talk and will speak more in a minutes than he will stand for in a month.” (2.4.149)
  • The Nurse says she will hurt Mercutio if he talks anything bad about her. Although the Nurse does not realize he is talking about her, she says she is ready to take revenge whenever she needs to.
  • The Nurses speech about beating up Mercutio shows the Nurse is willing to take revenge on him, and hurt him when she needs to.
  • “I pray you, sir, what saucy merchant was this that was so full of his ropery?” (2.4.147)
  • Shakespeares is telling us that no matter how stupid you are, (Like the nurse), take revenge if you need to, to end up happier and seem better.
  • “An he speak any thing against me, I’ll take him down, an he were lustier than he is, and twenty such Jacks. And if I cannot, I’ll find those that shall. Scurvy knave! I am none of his flirt-gills. I am none of his skains-mates.” (2.4.152)
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