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What was the nurse's name, and how old is she in Romeo and Juliet?

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bubbles1904 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 10, 2011 at 1:25 AM via web

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What was the nurse's name, and how old is she in Romeo and Juliet?

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lizbv | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted May 12, 2011 at 3:04 AM (Answer #1)

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The Nurse's age is not given. However, her name is Angelica. This information is provided in Act 4 when Lord Capulet refers to her by name. Until that point in the play, we only hear the Nurse referred to as "Nurse" and the only other piece of information that we are given is that she had a daughter named Susan that was about the same age as Juliet but is now dead.  It is not a coincidence that her daughter was the same age because in order for a woman to be taken on as a noble child's wet nurse, that woman must have been lactating therefore meaning that she, too, would have a baby at that time.

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