Romeo and Juliet – Act 2, Scene 5 – Scene Summary

Romeo and Juliet

Act 2, Scene 5

Scene Summary

Characters: Juliet, Nurse

Location: Capulets house

Time: Mid-Day Monday

Scene Events: Juliet is waiting in Capulets house for the return of her nurse that she sent out at nine o’clock. The Nurse returns to Capulets house with the news of Juliet’s marriage for that afternoon. The Nurse doesn’t seem to want to give Juliet the news straight away as she makes up excuses such as her head hurting, her bones aching, and that she has been running around all day. Juliet says that she is sorry that her Nurse feels so sick but she wants to know what her love Romeo has said. Juliet’s Nurse is easily forgetful and in the middle of talking about Romeos good looks, she starts asking where Juliet’s mother is. Eventually, the Nurse tells Juliet that she needs to go to confession that day, as Romeo will be waiting there in Friar Lawrence’s cell to make her his wife, she also mentions that she will get a ladder so that Romeo can climb into Juliet window that night. Juliet is overjoyed and her Nurse wishes her good luck and farewell.

Quote: Nurse ” Then hie you hence to Friar Lawrence’s cell. There stays a husband to make you a wife. Now comes the wanton blood up in your cheeks. They’ll be in scarlet straight at any news “.



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