What does Romeo say to Benvolio when he gets rejected by Rosaline?

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troutmiller eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When Romeo and Benvolio are walking and talking in Act I, scene 2, Benvolio is trying to make Romeo feel better about being rejected.  He wants Romeo to go find someone new.  It'll help him get over Rosaline.  He says,

"Take thou some new infection to thy eye,
And the rank poison of the old will die."

If he finds another to dote on, then the horrible feeling he has because of his rejection will go away.

Romeo's reaction is that he feels like he's supposed to have her, but can't.  He's not mad, but he feels helpless. He feels

"Shut up in prison, kept without my food,
Whipp'd and tormented ..."

So Benvolio says he should go to the Capulet party to check out all of the ladies and compare them to Rosaline--he'll find someone new.  Romeo agrees to go, but he can't believe anyone would be more beautiful than Rosaline.

"One fairer than my love! the all-seeing sun
Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun."

But he'll go along and "sulk."