In Act I, Scene V of William Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet, the young son of the patriarch of the Montague clan has sneaked into the Capulet's formal ball along with his friend and cousin Benvolio and friend Mercutio. Romeo is determined to observe Rosaline, with whom he is more than a little infatuated, but knows that the Capulet estate is forbidden territory for a Montague. While immersed in the scene, Romeo spies a young woman who makes him forget about Rosaline: Juliet. Upon first observing this beautiful young woman, Romeo inquires of a servant, "What lady is that, which doth enrich the hand Of yonder knight?" To the servant's declaration of ignorance, Romeo then makes the following comment regarding the fair Juliet:
O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear;
Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear! So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows, As yonder lady o’er her fellows shows.
Romeo succeeds in making Juliet's acquaintance and the mutual attraction is immediate and intense, although Juliet plays coy in the beginning. As the scene nears its end, Romeo makes the following comment to Juliet, in which he compares himself to a pilgrim visiting a shrine:
This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this:
My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.
So, in rapid succession, and with Tybalt trying desperately to convince Capulet to expel this intruder, Romeo compares Juliet to a rich jewel and a holy shrine, in addition to making other comments intended to convey the intensity of his feelings for the young woman upon whom he has only just laid eyes for the first time. The intensity of his feelings for Juliet, and her's for him, sets the stage for the fateful chain of events to come.