In Act 1, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet,  how does Benvolio and Montague describe Romeo’s mood?  What reason does Romeo give for this mood?

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Benvolio and Lord Montague describe Romeo's mood as a mixture of crying and pining in solitude while Romeo finally admits that he is lovesick for Rosaline.  Benvolio admits that he sees Romeo at daybreak but he immediately "stole in to the covert of the wood."  Montague says that "Many a morning hath he there been seen, / With tears augmenting the fresh morning's dew, / Adding to clouds more clouds with his deep sighs / . . . / And private in his chamber pens himself."  Neither Benvolio nor Montague knows why Romeo is doing this.  "I neither know it nor can learn of him."  Therefore, they ask him.  Romeo is quite dramatic about it, of course, admitting that he is "out of her favor where I am in love."  Pining for pages about dear Rosaline, . . . but not for long.

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