S. A. Shipley's "StarCrossed" "Portrays the best part of Shakespearian wit with a prequel twist."--Anon.

 
 

StarCrossed - a scene

ACT I Scene 3
A street in Verona.
LAWRENCE, DiSENNA, CAPULET, MONTAGUE
They are playing Lucky Sevens. They gamble. A few turns of the dice or cards.

LAWRENCE
The cards do turn against me one more time.
Itís clear whose fortune rides the ladyís back.

CAPULET
Take here this loan. I'll hold your marker to't.

LAWRENCE
I'm in your debt tonight Friend Capulet.

CAPULET
I'll make you pay that marker soon enough.

MONTAGUE
It comes to me for money loves myself.

CAPULET
Although fair Cosette loves someone else?

MONTAGUE
Although that stings my eye, it touch me not

LAWRENCE God bless us all and give us lasting love.

MONTAGUE
Ay fortune teller, do you see a bride
As does befit my station? She must be
Artless and amiable; chaste and pure.
Between friend Capulet and rogue DiSen'
There is no woman clean enough for me.
I'll have to go abroad to find the one
Whose intimates these two have never seen

CAPULET
It's cleanliness you like, I like large breasts.

LAWRENCE
I like a selfless soul with a pure heart.

DiSENNA
There is no organ I prize more than ears.
For beauty, they've a faint blush, like a rose.
And, unlike eyes, a diamond's all the tear
They every hold and, best, they never close.
Into this cockle pour a tale of woes,
Of how I have longed for her from afar.
She was too good for me, I did suppose
And then I tell her, frankly, of the scar
When love for her pierced through my stony heart
Then she may turn her back and knot her arms,
Whilst I compare her beauty to a star
And whisper out a litany of her charms.
I pour this molten music 'til she begs.
Yes, ears are best for parting of the legs.

MONTAGUE
You, having ruined all the maidens here,
Have made Verona barren ground indeed.
I'll have to go outside the city walls
To find a virtuous woman of mine own.

CAPULET
My plan is simple, find a doweried maid,
Seduce her into folly then propose
Make her an honest woman and wed wealth.

DiSENNA
Yes, you and I are truly fortune's rogues
We know the truth: all can be bought and sold.
For me, the choice of woman is quite clear
They're willing or I do not count them dear.

MONTAGUE
Not I. With my romantic heart I still
Believe that love's swift arrow find it's mark
And in that instant one's both lost and found.

LAWRENCE
Who can a virtuous woman find today?
Her price is above rubies and the heart
Of her husband doth safely trust in her.

DiSENNA
Montague, I know of such an angel!

CAPULET
If you know her she's not an angel still.

LAWRENCE
We all would know if such a jewel reside
Within Verona's walls. She could not hide.

DiSENNA
As close to me as skin is close to skin.

MONTAGUE
No castaways of yours are fit for me.

CAPULET
No, only those of mine will do for you.

MONTAGUE
I seek a woman who is pure and chaste.

DiSENNA
This one is both, most excellent and pure.
This woman never will be chased by me.

CAPULET
She's either toothless or contagious then.

DiSENNA
Behold my stainless sister, Catherine.

CAPULET
Your knock kneed twin the match for Montague?
You jest -

DiSENNA
She has an ancient pedigree.
And doweried as might please even you.
So Montague you must petition first
'Fore Capulet has any chance to woo.

CAPULET
To match distinguished Montague with that
Ungraceful child. He thought you were his friend.

DiSENNA
We know yon Capulet has got a taste
For women far above his lowly state
He plans to rise above his birth and lack
Of wealth upon some nubile titled back.
Upon the beast with two backs he may ride
But not to have my sister for his bride.

CAPULET
'Tis true I fall in love more easily
With maidens who have assets, some unseen.
But cannot stoop so low your flat front sib
Could ever, of my household, be the queen.

DiSENNA draws his sword.

DiSENNA
Hold off! That is my sister whom you mock.

CAPULET
Put up your sword and let me pardon beg.
She is a beauty true and rare and I
Revere our brotherhood so dear that she
Will be a sister to me too. So Sir
(to Montague)
She must be yours as having her would be
Incestuous to me -

MONTAGUE
Cap does decline
A dowered virgin, and you say she's pure.
And you, her brother, never will pursue.
A maid who, when I have her, will be mine.
And if she isn't beautiful I can
O'er look the fault in favor of the honor.

DiSENNA
You'll find no fault in her. They keep her hid,
Ensuring her betrothal fit her rank.

CAPULET
What of free choice and mandates of the heart?

DiSENNA
Tíwas her misfortune that she is a maid.

MONTAGUE
But if you represent her well, her luck
Is good. For to my home and hearth she will
Bring light. And to her I shall bring a heart
And all the comforts my estate allow.

CAPULET
I remember her gapped teeth and nose -

LAWRENCE
And haystack hair no comb could tame.

CAPULET
Ah you and I recall the dear the same.

MONTAGUE
T's time for ripening. If she shall be
The fruit of summer harvest I shall reap.
I'll brother you, Adore. I like you well
For in your words I've always found good sense.

MONTAGUE
Iíve set my mind to see Catírina now
How she has grown and if she be the one
To grace my heart and home.

CAPULET
DiSennaís sister's but a knee skinned child.
All arms and elbows and her hair is wild.
She has not charms, or ways to trap a heart

MONTAGUE
That I can have what you can never have,
So you must say; you want it not at all.

CAPULET
I make a jest of things I do not know
What charms she has are all unknown to me
And shall forever be -

MONTAGUE
Come, letís away
To make transactions. Me to meet my prize.
Her dowry to be sized.

MONTAGUE and DiSENNA exit.

CAPULET Come stand the watch for me, I'll scale the wall.
Before old Montague has made his suit.
And find out if that sister, once, for all
Be worthy of the breath of my pursuit..

Capulet exits pulling a reluctant Lawrence after him.

   
 

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