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what, drawn ... peace! (1.1)

    What, drawn, and talk of peace! I hate the word
    As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee:
    Have at thee, coward! (57-9)

what, drawn ... peace! The "fiery Tybalt" cannot conceive the idea of a sword being drawn for any other purpose than that of fighting. For drawn, in this absolute sense, cp. H. V. ii.1.39, "O, well a day, Lady, if he be not drawn now."

Have at thee, coward! here goes for a blow at you. Shakespeare has also "have after," "have to," "have through," "have with"; 'let me,' or 'let us,' having to be supplied.

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Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. Ed. K. Deighton. New York: MacMillan and Co., 1903. Shakespeare Online. 20 Aug. 2010. (date when you accessed the information) < >.


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