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What are two quotes that prove Juliet is impatient? And what pages are they on?

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Like Romeo, Juliet is almost beside herself with the desire to be married. In Act 2, scene 5, Shakespeare uses this to build suspense and to offer an undertow of wry commentary about the passionate impatience of young people. In a scene that several times reveals her impatience, Juliet has to wait three hours for her Nurse, and as a result she almost jumps out of her skin, attacking "old folks" for being too slow. Juliet states:

Now is the sun upon the highmost hill
Of this day’s journey, and from nine till twelve
Is three long hours, yet she is not come.
Had she affections and warm youthful blood,
She would be as swift in motion as a ball.
My words would bandy her to my sweet love,
And his to me.
But old folks, many feign as they were dead,
Unwieldy, slow, heavy, and pale as lead.
As the Nurse arrives, Juliet jumps all over in her anxiety for news, while the Nurse tries to put her off, saying she is tired and out of breath. Juliet again responds impatiently, saying it takes the Nurse longer to say she is out of breath than it would to state her news:
How art thou out of breath when thou hast breath
To say to me that thou art out of breath?
The excuse that thou dost make in this delay
Is longer than the tale thou dost excuse.
The comedy rises as the Nurse keeps delaying her news, complaining instead of her headache and her aching back, accuses Juliet of impatience, and finally reveals that Romeo is waiting to marry her at Friar Laurence's cell.
In Act 3, scene 2, Juliet again reveals her panting impatience as she awaits Romeo's arrival to her marriage bed, wishing the sun itself would set faster and picturing it as a chariot drawn by horses across the sky that she wishes would gallop to bring night—and Romeo—more quickly:
Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds,
Toward Phoebus' lodging. Such a wagoner
As Phaeton would whip you to the west
And bring in cloudy night immediately. . . .
Come, night. Come, Romeo.

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The first quote that proves Juliet is impatient is found in Act 2, scene 2 during the balcony scene.  After she tells Romeo not to swear his love on the moon because it is not constant, she decides that the best wasy for him to swear his love to her would be to marry her.  Juliet reveals this when she says,

     "If that thy bent of love be honourable,
     Thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow,
     By one that I'll procure to come to thee,
     Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite;"  (A. 2, s. 2, lines 149-152)

The second time that she proves her impatience is when she is awaiting the Nurse's arrival with information on her wedding with Romeo.   Juliet states,

     "The clock struck nine when I did send the nurse;
      In half an hour she promis'd to return.
      Perchance she cannot meet him. That's not so..."  (A.2, s. 5, lines 1-3)

She continues this impatience throughout the first 17 lines of the play.

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