Where is any evidence in "Romeo and Juliet" that Juliet is sheltered?Where in the play is evidence that Juliet is sheltered? Please include quotes.

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In the first act of the play, Prince Paris approaches Lord Capulet to inquire about his suit to marry Juliet.  (Juliet is young, not yet fourteen and has a nurse to wait upon her.)  Lord Capulet replies to Paris

But saying o'er what I have said before;/My child is yet a stranger in the world;/She hath not seen the change of fourteen years,/Let two more summers wither in their pride,/Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride. (I,ii,7-11)

When Paris counters with "Younger than she are happy mothers made, (I,ii,12),Capulet argues, "And too soon marred are those so early made" (I,ii,13).  Later, when Lady Capulet asks Juliet about the idea of marrying the prince, Juliet tells her mother, "It is an honor that I dream not of"(I,ii,41).  Then, when Romeo approaches her and attempts to kiss her, she shyly replies that they should just hold hands: 

Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much/Which mannerly devotion shows in this;/For saints have hands that pilrims' hands do touch/And palm to palm is holy palmers kiss (I,v,92-95)

 

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