196 A FEW MEMORIES
in all that concerns her love. The essence of her nature comes out so strongly in the following lines that I modelled her character upon them. She is already married to Romeo, and her union with Paris has been arranged by her parents to take place on the morrow. In despair she goes to her friend Friar Laurence for counsel. "If,"
"in thy wisdom thou canst give no help, Do thou but call my resolution wise, And with this knife I'll help it presently. God joined my heart with Romeo's, thou our hands; And ere this hand, by thee to Romeo sealed, Shall be the label to another deed, Or my true heart with treacherous revolt Turn to another, this shall slay them, both: Therefore out of thy long-experienced time Give me some present counsel; or, behold, 'Twixt my extremes and me this bloody knife Shall play the umpire."
Of course some natures are inconsistent, and must be dealt with accordingly. The development of these various types, with their natural personality, mannerisms, etc., is a most engrossing study. How would such a man or woman weep under given circumstances ? Would he or she weep at all ? And so in joy as well as sorrow, under the influence of every emotion, they have their individual way of doing everything. The