Which of the following most accurately translates this line from Romeo and Juliet? Romeo: 'But He hath the steerage of my course Direct my sail!'Act 1 scene 4 lines 106-113 1. god will tell me what...

Which of the following most accurately translates this line from Romeo and Juliet?

Romeo: 'But He hath the steerage of my course Direct my sail!'

Act 1 scene 4 lines 106-113

1. god will tell me what to do!

2. whoever controls my life might as well keep doing it!

3. I can't change my life so I'll just continue the way things are.

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Number 3 is probably the best choice.

This line is said by Romeo after Mercutio teases him about his forlorness over his rejection by Rosalind.  As Mercutio launches his fanciful monologue on Queen Mab's magical powers and continues it, Romeo arrests him, telling Mercutio "thou speakest of nothing."

Then, Benvolio reminds the friends that if they do not depart, they will be too late to crash the party at the Capulets.  It is at this point that Romeo senses his terrible premonition that there are forces in life that are beyond his control.  It is with this sense of looming fate that Romeo speaks his line of fearing that some "consequence" is yet to come. However, he resigns himself to this consequence and says that since God/Fate has control of his life's journey, there is nothing that he can do, so he will just continue on the course he is. 

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