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Mercutio makes fun of the nurse, angering her. Romeo treats her seriously and is respectful and gracious.
In Act I Scene 5, Capulet says of Romeo:
He bears him like a portly gentleman;
And, to say truth, Verona brags of him
To be a virtuous and well-govern'd youth:
I would not for the wealth of all the town
Here in my house do him disparagement:
Romeo demonstrates he is virtuous and a gentleman with his fair treatment of the Nurse.
Rome is seen as a gentleman and respects the Nurse while Mercutio is illmannered and makes sexual puns of the Nurse and doesn't respect her.
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