JULIET No, no: but all this did I know before. What says he of our marriage? what of that? NURSE Lord, how my head aches! what a head have I! It beats as it would fall in twenty pieces. My back o’ t’ other side,—O, my back, my back! Beshrew your heart for sending me about, To catch my death with jaunting up and down! JULIET I’ faith, I am sorry that thou art not well. Sweet, sweet, sweet nurse, tell me, what says my love? NURSE Your love says, like an honest gentleman, and a courteous, and a kind, and a handsome, and, I warrant, a virtuous,—Where is your mother? JULIET Where is my mother! why, she is within; Where should she be? How oddly thou repliest! ‘Your love says, like an honest gentleman, Where is your mother?’ NURSE O God’s lady dear! Are you so hot? marry, come up, I trow; Is this the poultice for my aching bones? Henceforward do your messages yourself. JULIET Here’s such a coil! come, what says Romeo? NURSE Have you got leave to go to shrift to-day? JULIET I have. NURSE Then hie you hence to Friar Laurence’ cell; There stays a husband to make you a wife. 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50
© Department of Basic Education 2015 50 PLAY Mind the Gap English First Additional Language: Paper 2 Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet 2 Questions 1. From what errand has the Nurse returned? (2) 2. Refer to the lines 28 – 30, “what a head … back, my back!”. Why does the nurse claim that her head and back ache? Give two points. (2) 3. Refer to the lines 49 – 50, “Then hie you … you a wife”. Discuss how these lines make Juliet feel. (2) 4. What does the extract tell you about the relationship between the nurse and Juliet? (2) 5. Do you think the nurse is justified in helping Juliet at this point in the play? Discuss your view. (2)  Answers to Activity 10 1. Juliet has sent her to Romeo to find out when the marriage will take place. 33 2. She has walked a long distance and she wants to keep Juliet in suspense. 33 3. She is very happy because Romeo has made arrangements for them to be married. 33 4. They love each other like mother and daughter. 3 Juliet trusts the nurse with her secrets. 3 5. Yes, she loves Juliet very much and wants Juliet to be happy. 3 She knows Juliet loves Romeo very much. 3 OR No, she is helping Juliet to make a mistake that results in her death. 3 She is also betraying the trust the Capulets have placed in her. 3 (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) 
© Department of Basic Education 2015 Mind the Gap English First Additional Language: Paper 2 Romeo and Juliet PLAY 51 Act 2, scene 6 2 Act 2, Scene 6 Romeo and Juliet meet Friar Lawrence to be married Setting: Friar’s Lawrence’s cell
© Department of Basic Education 2015 52 PLAY Mind the Gap English First Additional Language: Paper 2 Romeo and Juliet Note the metaphor , “love-devouring death” (line 7)? Death is described as a monster that eats love.