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S48 E17 | CLIP

Is Thy News Good or Bad?

The Nurse (Deborah Findlay) confers with Romeo (Josh O'Connor) and then tells Juliet (Jessie Buckley) the joyous news that she will be married.

AIRED: April 23, 2021 | 0:02:35
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- Pray you, sir, a word.

My young lady bid me inquire you out.

What she bid me say I will keep to myself,

but first let me tell ye,

if ye should lead her into a fool's paradise, as they say,

it were a very gross kind of behavior.

- Nurse, commend me to thy lady and mistress.

I protest unto thee.

- Oh good heart, and in faith, I will tell her as much.

Lord, Lord, she will be a joyful woman.

- What will thou tell her, Nurse?

Thou dost not mark me.

- I will tell her, sir, that you do protest,

which, as I take it, is a gentleman-like offer.

- Bid her devise some means

to come to shrift this afternoon.

And there she shall, at Friar Laurence' cell,

be shrived and married.

(Nurse laughs)

- This afternoon, sir?

Well, she shall be there. (laughs)

- Farewell.

Commend me to thy mistress.

- Oh now, God in heaven bless thee.

Hark you, sir.

- Commend me to thy lady.

- Yet a thousand times.

Peta? - Anon.

- My fan, Peta.

(dramatic music)

(light knocking)

- O honey nurse, what news?

Hast thou met with him?

(door slams)

Now, good sweet nurse.

O Lord, why lookest thou sad?

- I'm a-weary, give me leave awhile.

- Nay, come, I pray thee, speak.

Good, good nurse, speak.

- Jesu, what haste?

Can you not stay awhile?

Do you not see I'm out of breath?

- How art thou out of breath,

when thou hast breath to say to me thou art out of breath?

Is thy news good, or bad?

Answer to that.

- Well, you have made a simple choice.

You know not how to choose a man.

Romeo?

Pfft, no, not he.

- What says he of our marriage?

What of that?

- O Lord, how my head aches. What a head have I.

Beshrew your heart for sending me about

to catch my death with jaunting up and down.

- Come, what says Romeo?

- Have you got leave to go to shrift today?

- I have.

- Then hie you hence to Friar Laurence' cell.

There stays a husband to make you a wife.

(laughing)

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