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Summary of key events
- Back at Capulet’s house, Lady Capulet visits her daughter’s chamber to tell her about Paris.
- Juliet’s nurse is in the room and she begins to ramble, recounting Juliet as a young child:
- “For then she could stand high-alone; nay, by the rood, She could have run and waddled all about; for even the day before, she broke her brow….”
(page 43, lines 37-39)
Act I, Scene 3
- Lady Capulet asks Juliet how she feels about marriage and Juliet politely and honestly responds: “It is an honour that I dream not of” (page 43, line 67)
- Lady Capulet tells Juliet that it is time she start thinking of becoming a bride and a mother, for there are girls in Verona even younger than Juliet who have children of their own.
- Lady Capulet adds that a suitable mate
has already been found for Juliet: “The valiant Paris seeks you for his love” (page 45, line 75)
- Juliet has little choice but to respectfully agree to consider Paris as a husband. She tells her mother: “I’ll look to like” (page 45, line 98)
- Their conversation ends abruptly when a servant calls Lady Capulet, announcing that supper is ready and the guests have arrived for the party.