The character of the nurse is very maternal towards Juliet. As her nurse, she had practically raised Juliet, nursing her from birth. The way that she speaks to Juliet is kind and motherly. She lovingly calls her, "What, lamb! What, ladybird!" She can tell Juliet's age "unto an hour." The nurse has also been there for Juliet while Juliet's parents were away:
And she was weaned—I never shall forget itOf all the days of the year, upon that day.For I had then laid wormwood to my dug,Sitting in the sun under the dovehouse wall.My lord and you were then at Mantua.
And since that time it is eleven years,For then she could stand alone. Nay, by the rood,She could have run and waddled all about,For even the day before, she broke her brow.And then my husband—God be with his soul!He was a merry man—took up the child.“Yea,” quoth he, “Dost thou fall upon thy face?Thou wilt fall backward when thou hast more wit,Wilt thou not, Jule?” and, by my holy dame,The pretty wretch left crying and said “ay.”