In Romeo and Juliet, what kind of mood do Benvolio, Mercutio, and Romeo express in Act 1.4 as Juliet’s Nurse comes to see Romeo?How do they show this mood?

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Mercutio and Benvolio are worried about the love-sick Romeo.  Little do they know at this point that he has forgotten Rosaline and is now in love with Juliet and happy all over again.  So they are worried about Tybalt's challenge.  They think that he is to depressed about his love situation that he won't be able to handle Tybalt's advanced fighting.

In fact, before the Nurse enters with news from Juliet, they are teasing him about "giving them the slip" the night before.  He left to go see if he could be closer to Juliet, and they think he went to lament about his lack of love. Instead, they find him in a good and jestering mood.  They end up teasing each other and all 3 laugh together about it.

When Mercution begins bantering back and forth with Romeo, he realizes that Romeo is in good spirits and can hardly believe it.  After their bantering back and forth, Mercutio says to Romeo,

"Why, is not this better now than groaning for love? now art thou sociable, now art thou Romeo; now art thou what thou art, by art as well as by nature: for this drivelling love is like a great natural, that runs lolling up and down to hide his bauble in a hole."


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