What is a quote the nurse told Juliet when she found out about the affair?

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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In Act 2 Scene 5 of the play 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare, Juliet is alone waiting for the Nurse to come home. Like every impatient young person waiting for news, she grows more impatient and cross by the minute. Shakespeare is building tension and suspense, and helping to draw Juliet's personality for us - and the Nurse will pick up on that in her quote to make sure we 'get it' that not only Juliet but Romeo also, are impetuous and impulsive in their wish to be together. The poor Nurse finally arrives all out of breath and hot from the Verona weather. She complains of her tiredness and then starts to tease Juliet by protracting the story of her meeting with Romeo. At last,among other things, she says in response to Juliet's loss of temper 'O God's lady dear, are you so hot?' Then she finally tells her the plan.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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If you could be more specific about what you want, you might get a better answer.  I hope what I'm talking about is what you want...

I think you must be talking about what happens in Act II, Scene 5.  This is the first time the nurse has actually spoken to Juliet on stage since Juliet met Romeo.

In this scene, the nurse has come from Romeo and he has sent wedding plans with her.  The nurse teases Juliet about Romeo and it is quite clear that she likes Romeo.

When you ask for a quote, perhaps you are thinking of

Well, you have made a simple choice; you know not
how to choose a man: Romeo! no, not he; though his
face be better than any man's, yet his leg excels
all men's; and for a hand, and a foot, and a body,
though they be not to be talked on, yet they are
past compare: he is not the flower of courtesy,
but, I'll warrant him, as gentle as a lamb.

If you are looking for something else, let me know.

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