Act 2, Scene 3
Romeo travels to the cell of Friar Laurence, who has been out in the fields all morning gathering herbs.. Cheerful and excited, Romeo greets the Friar and tells him of his new love and plans for marriage. Friar Laurence, who has been Romeo’s friend and confessor for some time, is confused and concerned about Romeo’s sudden change of heart. He exclaims “Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here!/Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear/So soon forsaken?” (II.iii.65-8). But Romeo persuades the Friar that this time he has found true love and that he is ready to enter immediately into the serious bond of holy matrimony. Friar Laurence agrees to help Romeo, hoping that their union will finally end the feud between the houses of Montague and Capulet. In one respect I’ll thy assistance be/For this alliance may so happy prove/To turn your households’ rancor to pure love” (2.3.90-3). Act 2, Scene 5
Scene 5 opens in Capulet’s orchard. Juliet is frantically awaiting the news about Romeo. The Nurse comes in, preoccupied with her own troubles. She wants to discuss her aching bones, but Juliet pleads with her not to withhold Romeo’s plan any longer. Slowly, the Nurse begins to speak of Romeo. She says that she doesn’t much care for the boy, but she approves of his handsome face and gentle nature. She finally tells Juliet all that Romeo has told her, and Juliet leaves at once for Friar Laurence’s cell.
Act 2, Scene 6
Friar Laurence and Romeo are anxiously awaiting Juliet’s arrival. The Friar gives Romeo some advice before the wedding, cautioning him to ‘love moderately’. Juliet appears and Friar Laurence comments on her delicacy. He starts the marriage proceedings at once, “For, by your leaves you shall not stay alone/Till Holy Church incorporate two in one” (2.6.36-7).
Romeo and Juliet Act 2, Scene 4 Summary
* Mercutio and Benvolio still haven’t figured out where Romeo is. * It turns out that Tybalt has sent Romeo a message that goes something like this: “I’m going to beat you up with my sword.” * Mercutio is convinced that lovelorn Romeo is in no condition to face Tybalt in a duel. * Mercutio uses the opportunity to mock Tybalt, who takes himself and his sword fighting skills way too seriously. * Romeo finally shows up. Mercutio and Benvolio notice that he’s dropped the depressed “Rosaline doesn’t love me” act. He’s back to his old energetic, joking self. * As planned, the Nurse shows up to meet with Romeo. She looks ridiculous, as nurses sometimes did back then, and Mercutio can’t resist flirting with her, mocking her, and talking dirty to her. * In between all these antics, Romeo manages to take the Nurse aside and tell her that Juliet should find an excuse to come to Friar Laurence’s church –
Act III: Scene 1
During the heat of the day, Benvolio and Mercutio are loitering on the streets of Verona when Tybalt arrives looking for Romeo. Benvolio wishes to avoid a confrontation with the Capulets; however, Mercutio is deliberately provocative and tries to draw Tybalt into an argument so that they can fight. Romeo appears and Tybalt insults him, hoping he will respond to the challenge, but Romeo refuses because he is now related to Tybalt through his marriage toJuliet. Mercutio, disgusted by Romeo’s reluctance to fight, answers Tybalt’s insults on Romeo’s behalf.
Tybalt and Mercutio draw their swords and fight. To stop the battle, Romeo steps between them and Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo’s arm. Mercutio’s wound is fatal and he dies crying “A plague o’ both your houses!” Blinded by rage over Mercutio’s death, Romeo attacks Tybalt and kills him. Romeo is forced to flee a mob of citizens as the Prince, the heads of the two households, and their wives appear at the scene. After Benvolio gives an account of what has happened, the Prince banishes Romeo from Verona under the penalty of death and orders Lords Montague and Capulet to pay a heavy fine.
Act III: Scene 2
Juliet waits impatiently for night to fall so that she can celebrate her wedding night with Romeo. The Nurse arrives and in her grief, misleads Juliet into thinking that Romeo has been killed. When the Nurse eventually reveals that it is Tybalt who is dead, Juliet’s fears are only slightly relieved. Upon hearing that Romeo has been banished, Juliet is overwhelmed by grief. The Nurse tells Juliet that Romeo is hiding atFriar Laurence’s cell and Juliet sends the Nurse with a ring, bidding Romeo to come and “take his last farewell.”