In Juliet’s soliloquy from act 3 of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is eagerly awaiting Romeo’s arrival. She married Romeo in secret earlier that day, and they will spend the night together. The imagery used in this soliloquy reflects her great impatience for night to hurry up and arrive, so she can finally be with Romeo:
Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds,
Towards Phoebus’ lodging!
She calls on horses of the sun god Phoebus to finish dragging the sun across the sky in order for night to arrive. Once the cover of night arrives, she and Romeo will be hidden and can finally be together. She personifies night as a “sober-suited matron all in black,” and she wants to ask this matron:
How to lose a match
Played for a pair of stainless maidenhoods.
She wants to lose her virginity to Romeo. Expressing this sexual desire makes her blush, and so she asks that night also cover that “unmanned blood, bating in my cheeks” until she can...
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