The nurse is a trusted family servant to Lord Capulet in Verona. She maintains an active voice in their family affairs. The nurse has been with the Capulet family for 14 years (Juliet's entire life). The nurse was more of a mother to Juliet than Lady Capulet, so much that she actually breast fed her. Her conversations with Juliet were very open with advice and feelings. Juliet's conversations with her mother were very formal, she would call her 'madam'.
The only information about family that Shakespeare shares about the nurse is that she had a daughter, Susan, that was born the same day as Juliet, but passed away.
When Juliet was upset that her parents wanted her to marry Paris , when she need her the most, she betrays her. She tells her that Romeo was "as good as dead."
Most people think that she is either a "crude-opportunis" or a "loving realist."
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