Can anyone please help me with theme quotations in Act II for fate, revenge and miscommunication in Romeo and Juliet?

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A example of a quotation about the theme of revenge from Act II is found in this exchange between Benvolio and Mercutio, as they discuss the challengeTybalt has sent to Romeo concerning a duel.  Tybalt wants to fight Romeo because Romeo attended his uncle's party uninvited the night before:

Benvolio:  Tybalt, the kinsman to old Capulet hath sent a letter to his father's house.

Mercutio:  A challenge, on my life!

Benvolio:  Romeo will answer it (Act II, Scene iv, lines 6-9).

An example of miscommunication is illustrated when Romeo admits he has not slept the night before, and Friar Lawrence immediately assumes he was with Rosaline:

Friar Lawrence:  Therefore they earliness doth me assure...our Romeo hath not been in bed tonight.

Romeo:  That last is true.  The sweeter rest was mine.

Friar Lawrence:  God pardon sin!  Wast thou with Rosaline?

Romeo:  With Rosaline...no...I have forgot that name, and that name's woe" (Act II, Scene iii, lines 39, 42-46).

Finally, Romeo defies whatever fate might have in store, so that he can enjoy a little while with Juliet:

"...But come what sorrow can, it cannot countervail the exchange of joy that one short minute gives me in her sight...(let) love-devouring death do what he dare, it is enough I may but call her mine" (Act II, Scene vi, lines 3-8).

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