In Romeo and Juliet, what does Juliet want Romeo to do in order to prove that his love is honorable?

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In Act II, Scene 2, the famous balcony scene, after Juliet realizes that Romeo has overheard her declare her love with the words,

Romeo, doff thy name;
And for that name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself. (2.2.49-51),

she blushes in embarrassment, but Romeo is touched by her declaration and exclaims his love for her by saying that he will swear it and cast off his name that is an "enemy" to her. Clearly touched by Romeo's declarations of love, she is uncertain that he is sincere as he may simply be matching her emotions with his, and if he swears his love, Romeo may not really be sincere.  So, she asks him to court her and to swear his love as she has already given hers. But, above all, Juliet desires that Romeo send her word the next day that they can be married:

Three words, dear Romeo, and good night indeed.
If that thy bent of love be honourable,
Thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow(2.2.148-150)

Juliet wishes that he send her word of where and when they can be married; she will then come to him and be his forever.


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