How does Romeo's treatment of the nurse in Act 2, scene 4 differ from that of Mercutio and demonstrate what Capulet said about him at the party?

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When the nurse looks for Romeo to deliver Juliet’s message of love, Mercutio immediately begins to mock her. She asks her servant Peter for a fan, and Mercutio makes fun of her looks: “Good Peter, to hide her face; for her fan's the fairer face.” He also offends the nurse (in spite of her fondness for sexual puns) by saying that it is evening rather than day because the “bawdy hand of the dial is now upon the prick of noon.”

Romeo jokes a little as well, but he also reveals that he is the one she seeks. Mercutio ridicules their liaison, calling her “a bawd” and singing about “An old hare hoar.” The nurse becomes extremely...

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Rome is seen as a gentleman and respects the Nurse while Mercutio is illmannered and makes sexual puns of the Nurse and doesn't respect her.

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