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bball34555 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 27, 2010 at 1:00 PM via web

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When Juliet is asked by her mother how she feels about getting married, what is her answer, and what does her mother then say to Juliet?

Act 1, Scene 3

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

Posted January 27, 2010 at 1:15 PM (Answer #1)

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Juliet's original answer is "It is an honour that I dream not of." By this, she may mean either of two things. One, that she doesn't want to get married. While this may be the case, it's unlikely that she would say this so directly to her mother. So, the more likely interpretation is that she hasn't thought about it. The Nurse is excited by Juliet's response, but Lady Capulet has other motives. She's pushing Juliet to consider the concept. She continues:

Well, think of marriage now. Younger than you,
Here in Verona, ladies of esteem,
Are made already mothers. By my count,(75)
I was your mother much upon these years
That you are now a maid. Thus then in brief:
The valiant Paris seeks you for his love.

Thus she starts her speech by dismissing the "age" argument against Juliet's marriage, & tells her that Paris has asked for permission to make her his wife. She encourages Juliet to watch Paris at the ball, & try to build up a desire for marriage. Juliet agrees, but only to try: she can't promise to love Paris.

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lit24 | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted January 27, 2010 at 7:48 PM (Answer #2)

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In Act I Sc.3 when Juliet is first asked by her mother as to how she feels about getting married she replies that at present she is not interested and that it is a bit too early to think of marriage:

It is an honour that I dream not of.

Her nurse immediately rebukes her by saying that, as she has fed her with enough wisdom from the time that she was an infant she did not expect her to make such a stupid remark:

An honour! were not I thine only nurse,
I would say thou hadst suck'd wisdom from thy teat.

Her mother, Lady Capulet supports the nurse by saying that most of the noble ladies who are younger than Juliet are already married and that she herself had been married at Juliet's age and pleads with her to marry Paris:

Well, think of marriage now; younger than you,
Here in Verona, ladies of esteem,
Are made already mothers: by my count,
I was your mother much upon these years
That you are now a maid. Thus then in brief:
The valiant Paris seeks you for his love.

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