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the theatre repreſents a large ſaloon in his palace; Antonio preſſes his daugher again, ſhe refuſes her conſent; he threatens her with his utmoſt indignation, and tells her, for the laſt time, that if ſhe will not give her conſent, he will obtain it by force.

This barbarity conſtrains Juliet to promiſe that ſhe will obey him: her father leaves her a prey to the painful reflexion which ſhe makes on her ſituation; Celia ſoon enters, who is juſt come from Aurelio, with whoſe anſwer ſhe acquaints her miſtreſs.



Madam, I have ſeen Aurelio, and have given him your note; I was aſtoniſhed at the agitation and confuſion which appeared in his countenance whilſt he, read it; he, from time to time, lifted up his eyes towards Heaven, ſighed bitterly, and could not help ſhedding tears.


Well, what has he done, what did he ſay?


He retired to his ſtudy, where he remained near two hours; at length, he gave me this phial, and ordered me to tell you to drink the liquor