What are the thoughts and feelings of Romeo in Act 1 Scene 4 of Romeo and Juliet?

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In Act I, Scene IV of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Romeo Montague has not yet fallen in love with Juliet Capulet.  Romeo is, at this time, heartbroken (at least he thinks so) because Rosaline, the girl he is in love with, does not love him in return.  Despite the fact that his dearest friends, Benvolio (also Romeo's cousin) and Mercutio (also relative of Prince Escalus), try very hard to cheer Romeo up, he refuses their attempts and remains depressed. 

In Scene IV, Romeo and a group of his friends are on their way to "crash" the Capulet family's party.  Romeo insists that he will not have fun, no matter what happens.

A torch for me!  Let wantons light of heart

Tickle the senseless rushes with their heels;

For I am proverbed with a grandsire phrase,

I'll be a candleholder and look on;

The game was ne'er so fair, and I am done.

As the scene progresses, Romeo becomes irritated by Mercutio's silliness and then tells his friends that he has a sense of foreboding; Romeo feels that some course of events will start tonight and end only with his death.

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