Romeo and Juliet: Novel Summary: Act II, Scene 4-Act II, Scene 5

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Act II, Scene 4: Benvolio and Mercutio discuss Romeo.  Tybalt has sent a challenge to Romeo's house.  Mercutio says that he has already been slain by his love for Rosaline and is in no condition to confront Tybalt.  As they discuss Tybalt, Romeo enters.  They all joke about Romeo's disappearance the night before and Romeo apologizes, seemingly cured of the affliction that plagued him the night before.  The Nurse enters with her servant, Peter.  Mercutio makes fun of the Nurse though she is able to match him verbally.  After Benvolio and Mercutio exit, the Nurse warns Romeo that his intentions toward Juliet had better be serious.  He assures her and tells her to have Juliet come to Friar Lawrence's cell that afternoon.  He also tells her that he will send a rope ladder to be placed outside Juliet's window so that he may sneak into her room and consummate their marriage that night.  The Nurse agrees but then tells Romeo of Paris' suit for Juliet.  She assures him that Juliet has no interest in Paris though she herself believes him to be the better man.
Act II, Scene 5: Juliet is impatiently awaiting the return of the Nurse.  When she finally arrives, Juliet asks her to send Peter away and give her Romeo's message.  The Nurse proceeds to torture Juliet with rambling complaints about her aching bones, delaying giving her news.  The Nurse continues to playfully tease Juliet until she is completely frustrated.  Finally, she gives her Romeo's instructions to be at Friar Lawrence's.  She also tells Juliet that during the wedding, she will be fetching a rope ladder to ensure the possibility of their wedding night.  She teases Juliet saying that she will soon bear the burden meaning Juliet will bear Romeo's weight in bed.  Juliet hurries to her wedding.

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