In Act II, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the famous balcony scene, Romeo and Juliet pledge their love for each other. Although Juliet fears she has been too forward and that the speed of their relationship is too fast, Romeo presses the issue, declaring his devotion. Eventually Juliet brings up the idea of marriage, telling Romeo she will send someone to discover his plans the very next day:
Three words, dear Romeo, and good night indeed.
If that thy bent of love be honorable,
Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow,
By one that I’ll procure to come to thee,
Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite,
And all my fortunes at thy foot I’ll lay
And follow thee my lord throughout the world.
She sends the Nurse, her dedicated confidante, to talk to Romeo who has arranged for the couple to be married by Friar Lawrence
that same day. The Friar believes that such a marriage will end the terrible feud between the Montagues and Capulets. Juliet then uses the excuse that she is going to confession (shrift) to meet Romeo at the church where Friar Lawrence will marry them. In the meantime, the Nurse secures a rope ladder in order for Romeo to ascend to Juliet's bedroom for their honeymoon that night.