Act II – Scene.iv
We return to the Capulet orchard where Juliet awaits
the return of her nurse.
Juliet is anxious for news of Romeo, but the nurse claims to be too tired
and out of breath to give her any news. Eventually the nurse says that Romeo is waiting at Friar Laurence’s cell to marry her. The nurse departs to find a ladder.
We see here the excitement that the two lovers have.
They are full of anticipation for the wedding. The excitement is fuelled by the danger of the plans.
Shakespeare uses a cleverly constructed comic scene involving the nurse’s reluctance to provide Juliet
with news. However, the nurse’s joke at delaying the news will be sadly mirrored later on in a future scene, where the delay in relaying news has dire consequences.