What is Juliet's response when her mother suggests she consider marriage?

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Generally speaking, Juliet simply does not seem very interested in marriage at all, let alone marriage to the Count Paris, a man about which she knows little, aside from his position and that he will attend the Capulets' party that night.  Juliet's mother and nurse have a great deal more to say about Count Paris's interest in Juliet than Juliet has to say about Count Paris, indicating her lack of enthusiasm for marriage.  Juliet basically tells her mother that she's never even really thought about marriage, that it hasn't even entered her dreams.  She then dutifully agrees to "look" at the Count and see if she thinks she might be able to like him, but, if she does like him, she will go no further with her liking than her parents' consent would permit her.  The brevity of her responses shows Juliet isn't really interested, but her obedience to her parents is clear.

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When Lady Capulet asks Juliet how she feels about getting married, Juliet replies:

"It is an honour that I dream not of."

There is a clear hint of sarcasm in Juliet's response. It was seen as an honour for Veronese women to be married, especially to someone of rank and title. Juliet, however, is not interested at all.

Lady Capulet then informs Juliet about Count Paris' interest in her and asks that Juliet at least observe Paris at their feast that evening. She urges her to consider marriage to him as a definite possibility. She asks Juliet:

"Speak briefly, can you like of Paris' love?"

It is clear that Lady Capulet has...

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Juliet's response when he mother suggests she consider marriage is, "It is an honour that I hadn't thought about." And then later on Juliet tells her mother she will try to consider it.

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