In "Romeo and Juliet," why does Mercutio make fun of Romeo after they leave the party?

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After the "masquers" leave the Capulet party, Romeo among them, Romeo leaps an orchard wall and hides. Mercutio teases Romeo with crass sexual humor in an attempt to get Romeo to emerge from his hiding place. Ironically, Mercutio's humor focuses on Rosaline, while Romeo has already forgotten Rosaline and fallen in love with Juliet.