Act 2, Scene 1

Location: Outside Capulet’s orchard

Characters: Romeo, Benvolio, Mercutio

Time: Late Sunday night

Events: Romeo goes back to Capulet’s house and Benvolio and Mercutio are looking for him. They are calling out to him and they are joking about Romeo’s love for Rosaline, as they don’t know about Juliet yet. They think he is blind in love and they leave the scene.

‘Blind is his love, and best befits the dark’ – Benvolio

 

Act 2, Scene 2

Location: Outside Capulet’s Orchard

Characters: Romeo, Juliet, Nurse

Time: Very late Sunday night / early Monday morning

Events: Juliet’s talks to herself about Romeo, unaware that Romeo was listening. Romeo and Juliet talk about their problems and their love. They talk about how it doesn’t matter that they are from different houses and that it can’t stop their love. Nurse calls out to her and she has to go to bed. Romeo asks for her hand in marriage and they decide to get married.

‘What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other word would smell as sweet;’ – Juliet

‘O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?’ – Juliet

‘I am no pilot, yet wert thou as far, as that vast shore wash’d with the farthest sea,’ – Romeo

 

Act 2, Scene 3

Location: Friar Lawrence’s cell

Characters: Friar Lawrence (Priest), Romeo

Time: Early Monday Morning

Events: Romeo is talking to Friar Lawrence and saying his plans to get married to Juliet. Friar Lawrence says that Romeo has only just got over Rosaline and he moved on quick. Friar Lawrence thinks Romeo only wants to marry her because of her appearance. Friar Lawrence agreed to marry them because he thinks its going to solve the feud between the two families and bring the families together.

‘Two such opposed kings encamp them still, in man as well as herbs, grace and rude will’ – Friar Lawrence

‘Lo, here upon thy cheek the stain doth sit, of an old tear that is not washed off yet.’ – Friar Lawrence

 

Act 2, Scene 4

Location: On a street in Verona

Characters: Mercutio, Benvolio, Romeo, Peter, Nurse

Time: Midday on Monday

Events: Benvolio and Mercutio are joking about Romeo and are talking about how Tybalt’s death threat to Romeo. They see Nurse and Benvolio and Mercutio are insulting her. Nurse asks if Romeo will carry on with the marriage. Nurse plans to pass that information onto Juliet.

‘Alas, poor Romeo, he is already dead, stabbed with a white wench’s back eye, run through the ear with a love song, the very pin of his heart cleft with the blind bow-boy’s butt-shaft; and is he a man to encounter Tybalt.’        – Mercutio

 

Act 2, Scene 5

Location: Capulet’s house

Characters: Juliet, Nurse, Peter (doesn’t speak)

Time: Midday on Monday (Same time as scene 4, act 2)

Events: Juliet sent away the Nurse to see Juliet to see about the marriage. Nurse procrastinates about telling Juliet and talks about her aching bones and headaches, resulting in Juliet getting very impatient. Eventually, Nurse tells Juliet about the plans.

‘How art thou out of breath, when thou hast breath, To say to me that thou art out of breath?’ – Juliet

 

Act 2, Scene 6

Location: Friar Lawrence’s cell

Characters: Friar Lawrence, Romeo, Juliet

Time: Monday Afternoon

Events: They get married

 

 

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