Act II, Scenes 5 and 6: Summary and Analysis
Scene 5 takes place within the Capulet orchard where Juliet is anxiously waiting for the Nurse to return with news from Romeo. The Nurse left at nine o’clock and it is now twelve. Juliet wishes that the Nurse were as in love as she is so that she would be faster in her return, for the waiting is torture for Juliet. The Nurse finally arrives, and Juliet says, “O Lord, why lookest thou sad? / Though news be sad, yet tell them merrily; / If good, thou shamest the music of sweet news / By playing it to me with so sour a face.” The Nurse replies that her bones ache and asks that Juliet leave her alone for awhile. Juliet says, “I would thou hadst my bones, and I thy news.” The Nurse banters with Juliet,...
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