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Nurse is the first one to find Juliet after she takes the potion that makes her seem dead.
Juliet is married secretly to Romeo, but Romeo has been banished. Her parents want her to marry Paris. To avoid this, she goes to the man who married her to Romeo—Friar Lawrence. He gives her a potion to feign death, and although she is afraid, she takes it.
Lady Capulet asks Nurse to wake Juliet on her wedding day. Nurse enters and calls Juliet a “you slug-abed,” but the girl will not wake up.
Alas, alas! Help, help! My lady's dead!(15)
O well-a-day that ever I was born!
Some aqua-vitae, ho! My lord! my lady! (Act 4, Scene 5)
Nurse calls Lady Capulet, and she enters to see that her daughter is fully dressed and lying cold in bed. She and Lord Capulet are very upset, because they find that their daughter has died on her wedding day.
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