Romeo and Juliet – Act 3.5

Romeo, Juliet, Lady Capulet, The Nurse, Capulet

The gist
Just before dawn Romeo is preparing to leave. Romeo offers to stay and die, but Juliet urges him to leave. Romeo kisses Juliet and leaps out the window. Juliet asks if they will ever see each other again; Romeo is sure they will, but Juliet is not convinced. Lady Capulet, assuming that Juliet is weeping for Tybalt, decides that she must be weeping because revenge has not been taken on Romeo. Lady Capulet then delivers news which she thinks ought to cheer up Juliet – she is to be married to Paris. Juliet refuses. Lady Capulet tells Capulet that Juliet has refused to marry Paris. Enraged, Capulet threatens to throw her out of the house. Juliet pleads with her mother to intervene, but Lady Capulet refuses. The Nurse tells Juliet that she ought to marry Paris because Romeo can never come back. Juliet decides that she will go to Friar Laurence for his advice. If he can’t help her, she will kill herself.

“O sweet my mother, cast me not away! Delay this marriage for a month, a week…” – Juliet p189

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