7. The Nurse, expresses certain doubts about Romeo. What are these doubts and how does Romeo respond? The Nurse questions Romeo’s intentions because Juliet is so young and inexperienced. The Nurse fears Romeo is leading Juliet “…into a fool’s paradise…” Romeo immediately protests these accusations, which proves to the Nurse that Romeo is sincere and his feelings for Juliet are genuine. 8. What is the message that Romeo gives to the Nurse for Juliet? Romeo wants Juliet to find a way to come for confession at Friar Laurence’s cell that afternoon, so the two can be married. 9. Romeo tells the Nurse that his “man” will deliver something beyond the abbey-wall. What is Romeo’s “man” bringing? The “man” is bringing a rope ladder that is to hang from Juliet’s balcony. T-22 Act II, Scene V – Capulet’s orchard. Vocabulary lame – incapacitated, physically handicapped heralds – couriers, messengers feign – fabricate, act fie – a curse beshrew – a mild curse hie – leave wanton – magnificent, extravagant 1. Juliet waits anxiously for the Nurse to return. How is Juliet able to justify her Nurse’s tardiness? Juliet knows how elders tend to move slower than youngsters. 2. How does the Nurse tease Juliet? The Nurse, claiming to have had a long journey, says she is unable to speak because she needs to catch her breath. Meanwhile, Juliet waits expectantly. Then, instead of telling Juliet Romeo’s response, the Nurse starts complaining of her aches and pains asking about Juliet’s mother, delaying the news Juliet cannot wait to hear. 3. Finally, what does the Nurse tell Juliet? The Nurse gives Romeo’s instructions to Juliet: Juliet is to go to confession at Friar Laurence’s cell, where the two will marry. 4. The Nurse is off to fetch the rope ladder. What is this rope ladder going to be used for? Juliet is to hang the rope ladder from her balcony the night of the marriage, so Romeo can climb the ladder into Juliet’s room. The Nurse, true to character, conveys the message with lusty humor (“You shall bear the burden soon at night”). T-23 Act II, Scene VI – Friar Laurence’s cell. Vocabulary
flint – stone with which to make fire wanton – playful, spirited, exuberant blazon – compliment, glorify 1. When speaking with Friar Laurence, while waiting for Juliet, Romeo says: “Do thou close our hands with holy words,/Then love-devouring death do what he dare,/It is enough I may but call her mine.” After interpreting Romeo’s words, what do you think this passage suggests? Essentially, Romeo says that death can do whatever it pleases, once he is married to Juliet. Answers may vary. Example: These lines are foreshadowing the future duel suicides of the lovers. 2. In expressing his reservations about the marriage, find a quote from Friar Laurence, that could foreshadow future events.
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