Act 1, Scene 4 Notes from Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet Act 1, Scene 4

Romeo, Benvolio, and Mercutio enter at the feast at the Capulet house. They are wearing masks so they will not be noticed. Mercutio, cousin to the Prince, speaks with Romeo about his despair for Rosaline. Romeo tells Mercutio that he is miserable and that love hurts.

Topic Tracking: Misery 3
Topic Tracking: Love 2

Mercutio gives a speech about Queen Mab, a fairy queen who supposedly brings dreams to humans. They end their talk and prepare to enter the house. Romeo speaks of danger to come: " . . . Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars,/ Shall bitterly begin his fearful date/ With this night's revels and expire the term/ Of a despised life, closed in my breast,/ By some vile forfeit of untimely death." Act 1, Scene 4, lines 107-111

Topic Tracking: Fate 3

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