In Act 2, Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet, what does Juliet ask of Romeo and what offer does she make to him in return?

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Noelle Thompson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a trick question because Juliet asks no less than four different things of Romeo ("refuse thy name," "doff thy name," "pronounce it faithfully," and "send me word tomorrow"), offering something in return; however, I assume you mean to focus more upon the actual pending marriage, so it is the last proposal that is the most significant.  This being said, here is my answer:

Quite simply, Juliet asks Romeo to send word to her tomorrow if he intends to marry her and, as a result, Juliet promises to do so.  "If that thy bent of love be honorable, / Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow, / By one that I'll procure to come to thee, / Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite."  In other words, Juliet is testing Romeo to make sure he actually wants to marry her.  If he does want to marry her, she asks him to send word through the Friar that she will send (complete with date, time, and place).  What an organized planner Juliet proves to be!  In return, Juliet says, "And all my fortunes at thy foot I'll lay / And follow thee my lord throughout the world."  In other words, she will not only marry him, but lay her fortune at his feet and follow him all over the earth.  Needless to say, Romeo jumps at the chance.

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