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  • Director’s Cut
    (An Alternative Ending to Romeo and Juliet)

    Dramatis Personae

    Juliet Montagu

    Chorus: Over the years the tale of the star-cross’d lovers
    Hath known much corruption and changes
    But tonight whate’er has been told amiss
    We shall with your permit strive to amend;
    Know ye that Friar John was not delay’d
    And timely deliver’d Lawrence’s message-
    Romeo slew not good County Paris
    But as plann’d took his bride to fair Mantua
    Where they did live for four score moons and ten.
    How bless’d the day their several fathers
    Swallow’d their life long feud and enemity
    Like ancient wisdom claim on eclipse night
    The moon the majestic sun doth engulf
    And the prince Romeo’s banishment repeal’d.
    Bless’d was the day hatred morph'd into amity
    And Capulet and Montague ‘came one;
    There was dancing on the streets of Verona
    And the stars did wink all night in the skies.
    For fair Juliet’s happy ressurection.
    The deceitful lovers from Mantua hied
    And fill’d our fair city with joy and pride.

    Enter Juliet Montagu

    Juliet: Oh Romeo Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo
    Was a true wife ever so wretched?
    For full five years wert thou faithful husband
    And didst love me as truly as I loved thee;
    But as water and air make iron to rust
    Thus did my constant sighs erode thy love;
    Didst think me fond to want thee so much still’
    Namo didst daily swear eternal love to me
    But even as didst nightly go carousing
    Gaming and wenching with friends and kinsmen
    Thine true wife said not one cross word to thee.
    But thine hot love for me Romeo had cool’d.
    If I sighed at the nightingale singing
    On yon pomegranate tree my lord would frown
    And chide me for not knowing ‘twere a lark
    That pierc’d the fearful hollow of mine ear.
    Still Juliet was true like the northern star.
    But the most unkindest cut of all was
    My lord’s rekindl’d love for Rosaline
    Thine sometime sweetheart before we two were wed.
    I love Rosaline more than life itself
    But doubt not I love thee more better still
    Didst thou protest when I beg thee to stay at home;
    I do protest I never injured thee
    But love thee better than thou canst devise.
    And but I believe thee mine happiness
    Would not be mewed up to my heaviness.
    Each day thou becomest more unkinder;
    And three days and three nights Romeo hath gone
    Deserting our once hell-hot marital bed
    He loves me not no more as once he did.
    My sometime intended good Count Paris
    Has dar’d to send passionnate words to me’
    There is no man I had as lief had wed
    Had there been no Romeo to steal my heart
    And now Romeo’s driving me unto his bed.
    But soft, violent delights have violent ends;
    My steps must borrow care’s sister Prudence.
    But steep’d in duplicitous commerce
    Did I not make mine sire think Tybalt
    Was the object of my untarried grief?
    Did he not swallow hook line and sinker
    That I was ready to wed Count Paris
    When to Romeo I had already pledg’d my troth?
    Fear not, am like a falcon to a sparrow
    Must act now and not wait for tomorrow
    Come nurse take thou a letter to good Paris
    Juliet will have her revenge or must perish!

    Painting: Balcony scene by Ford Maddox Brown
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