In Romeo and Juliet -Act 2, scene 2, why does Romeo not tell Juliet he's there at the very beginning? What is he doing instead?

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Act II, Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet is the famous balcony scene where the two offspring of the Montagues and Capulets express their love for each other. In Act I we are introduced to both characters and understand the stresses in their lives. They come from families which are embroiled in a bitter feud, Romeo is in love with a woman who does not reciprocate his love, and Juliet is being encouraged to marry a man she barely knows.

The two meet when Romeo and his friends "crash" the Capulet's party. Romeo comes to the party ostensibly to see the woman he loves, "the fair Rosaline," but, once he sees Juliet from across the room he immediately forgets about his previous infatuation. Shakespeare wants you to believe that it is love at first sight. In Act I, Scene 5, Romeo says,

O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
As a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear—
Beauty too rich for use, for Earth too dear.
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows
As yonder lady...

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