In act 3, scene 5, lines 3–17 of Romeo and Juliet, what reason does Juliet give why the Nurse might be late?

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I believe you mean Act 2, Scene 5. Here we find Juliet awaiting the Nurse with news from Romeo . She has been gone 3 hours, & Juliet is getting impatient. She berates the Nurse's age, saying that if she were young, everything would happen swiftly. Yet because she is...

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I believe you mean Act 2, Scene 5. Here we find Juliet awaiting the Nurse with news from Romeo. She has been gone 3 hours, & Juliet is getting impatient. She berates the Nurse's age, saying that if she were young, everything would happen swiftly. Yet because she is old (in Juliet's eyes), she is also "Unwieldy, slow, heavy and pale as lead." The full complaint is as follows:

Had she affections and warm youthful blood,
She would be as swift in motion as a ball;
My words would bandy her to my sweet love,
And his to me:
But old folks, many feign as they were dead;
Unwieldy, slow, heavy and pale as lead.

It is yet another scene in the play where the youth of Romeo & Juliet is contrasted with the age of all those above them.

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