In this scene of comical relief in "Romeo and Juliet," the Nurse enters, followed by her servant Peter, who must carry some of the excessive material of her dress. Mercutio shouts that a sail is following. When the nurse asks for Romeo, he jokes about the Nurse. To this jest, she replies rather crudely,
An a' speak anything against me, I'll take him down, an a'were lustier than he is and twenty such Jacks; and if I cannot, Ill find those that shall.
The nurse warns Romeo against leading Juliet into
a fool's paradise, it were a very gross kind of behavior, as they say. For, the gentlewoman is young, and therefore if you should deal double with her, truly it were an ill thing to be offered to any gentlewoman and very weak dealing.
She tells Romeo that Juliet is very young and should not be deceived as it is most ungentlemanly. Fiercely protective of Juliet, the nurse does enjoy learning that Juliet is in love, however; she relishes the marriage plans, and she is a very important messenger for both Juliet and Romeo.