Key players

  • Lady Capulet: Wife of Capulet
  • Nurse: Juliet’s helper
  • Juliet Capulet: Daughter of Capulet

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.

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