How do the two lovers meet in Act 1, Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet?  In what way did they find out each others identity?

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Noelle Thompson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time right in the middle of Lord Capulet's grand party.  Romeo had already gotten a glimpse of Juliet earlier and was probably making his way over to her as Tybalt and Lord Capulet have their bawdy exchange over whether to call Romeo out or not.  As Tybalt finally gives in to Lord Capulet's will for Romeo's identity to remain a secret, Romeo and Juliet share their first lines in the play.  Right after their first exchange (which involves Romeo kissing Juliet two times already), Juliet's beloved Nurse tells Juliet that her mother needs her.  When Romeo asks the Nurse who Juliet's mother is, the Nurse replies, "Her mother is the lady of the house" and praises her fair virtue.  Romeo now knows that Juliet is a Capulet.  Likewise, as soon as Juliet is alone with her Nurse, Juliet asks about this man she has just met.  The Nurse replies, "His name is Romeo, and a Montague, / The only son of your great enemy."  In this way, Juliet's Nurse reveals the true identities of the two new lovers.

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