How does Shakespeare present Juliet in Act 2, Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet?

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At this early stage in the play, Juliet is by far the more grounded of the star-cross'd lovers. She's the one who's thinking through the consequences of the rapidly developing relationship between herself and Romeo. Though as deeply in love with Romeo as he is with her, she's also aware of the dangers involved in members of two warring families falling head over heels for each other. Whereas Romeo can think of nothing but love during the famous balcony scene, Juliet's concerned about what will happen if anyone from her family should catch Romeo lurking round the orchard:

And the place death, considering who thou art,
If any of my kinsmen find thee here.
Romeo replies, in gushingly romantic language, that he flew over the orchard walls on wings of love. But Juliet's immediate response is to remind him once again of what will happen to him if any member of the Capulet clan should see him:
If they do see thee they will murder thee.

Act 2, scene 2 serves to establish that Juliet starts out as the...

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