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How does act 2, scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet characterize both Romeo and Juliet?  

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To me, Juliet seems anxious to speak her feelings and her mind, but she also does not want to appear to be too credulous or hasty. She claims to have "no joy" regarding the conversation she and Romeo have had tonight because it is "too rash." After all, she is only thirteen years old and, as she had told her mother earlier, she has not had love or marriage on her mind until today. Romeo, for his part, seems to me to be concerned that Juliet should understand his feelings and recognize that they are not lustful (or, at least, not only lustful). When he complains of being unsatisfied by her, he explains that he only wants her "faithful vow" to him as he has given her tonight. Thus, both seem passionate and...

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