In act 2 scene 4 the Nurse comes to see Romeo, bearing news from Juliet . By this time, the two leads have fallen head over heels in love with each other. But is it all just too good to be true? That's what's concerning Juliet at this particular...
In act 2 scene 4 the Nurse comes to see Romeo, bearing news from Juliet. By this time, the two leads have fallen head over heels in love with each other. But is it all just too good to be true? That's what's concerning Juliet at this particular moment. She's still more than a little insecure about the nature of Romeo's feelings for her; she needs to know that he isn't just messing her about or toying with her affections. So she dispatches the Nurse to talk to Romeo to find out for certain how he really feels about her.
She needn't worry, though. Romeo is more than happy to reassure Juliet of his sincerity. And it's not just talk, either; he's going to back up his words with actions. Romeo will climb over the walls at night, and rendezvous with Juliet in Friar Laurence's cell, where they are to be married.
The interview is brief and rather hurried, and as always the Nurse brings some comic relief to the proceedings. Yet at the same time she inadvertently foreshadows the eventual tragedy that will unfold. She confesses that she often teases Juliet by saying how much more handsome Paris is than Romeo. When she does so, Juliet turns ghostly white. This hints at Juliet's death. The Nurse also mentions that rosemary and Romeo both begin with the same letter. Rosemary is a herb that was traditionally regarded as a sign of immortality. It was also used as a token of love and of remembrance for the dead. Although the general tone of the interview is bright and cheery, we are now acutely aware of the tragic fate that will befall the star-crossed lovers.