How does Juliet lose her innocence in Act II of Romeo and Juliet?
In Act II, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet the two young lovers meet on the girl's balcony. They have fallen instantly in love with each other only an hour or two earlier when they met at Capulet's party. Before she knows Romeo is below her balcony Juliet professes her love for him and wishes they were not from feuding families. She says,
O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name,
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.
Well, do not swear. Although I joy in thee,
I have no joy of this contract tonight.
It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden,
Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be
Ere one can say “It lightens.” Sweet, good night.
This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath,
May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.