Romeo and Juliet Act I, Scenes 3-5: Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act I, Scenes 3-5: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Nurse: Juliet’s nurse who has taken care of her since her infancy

Susan: the Nurse’s daughter who was born on the same day as Juliet but died. She is not in the scene but is alluded to by the Nurse

Mercutio: a friend to Romeo who loves words

Summary
In Scene 3 Lady Capulet informs Juliet that it is time for her to think of marriage. At first Lady Capulet sends the Nurse away, but then calls her back, remembering that she knows all their secrets anyway. The Nurse and Lady Capulet discuss Juliet’s age; and the Nurse recalls exactly the hour of Juliet’s birth because she was born on Lammas Eve, the same day as Susan, her daughter who died.

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