Romeo and Juliet – Act 2, Scene 4 – Scene Summary

Romeo and Juliet

Act 2, Scene 4

Scene Summary

Characters: Benvolio, Mercutio, Romeo, Nurse, Peter.

Location: A street in Verona

Time: Mid-day Monday

Scene Events: Benvolio and Mercutio are on a street in Verona talking about how Tybalt has sent a letter to Romeo’s house because he saw him at Capulets party the night before and that he wasn’t at home last night. Mercutio and Benvolio still don’t know that Romeo has gotten over Rosaline and is going to marry Juliet that afternoon. Romeo finds Mercutio and Benvolio in the street talking about him and Mercutio and himself have a long conversation in which they mock each other until Benvolio interrupts and they are joined by Juliet’s Nurse and Peter. The Nurse is looking for Romeo on behalf of Juliet wanting to deliver the new of her marriage arrangements have been made for that afternoon. The Nurse tells Romeo that he is not to cheat on Juliet as she is only a young woman and that County Paris already has his claims made on Juliet. Romeo tells the Nurse that Juliet needs to find an excuse to come to confession that afternoon as she will be married to him in Friar Lawrence’s church. The Nurse hurries along with Peter to go and tell Juliet the good news of her marriage that will take place that afternoon.

Quote: Nurse “If you should deal double with her, truly it were an ill thing to be offered to any gentlewoman, and very weak dealing”.



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