Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Summaries

Act 2 Scene 1: Romeo Ditches the Duds

After the party ends, Romeo can't stop thinking about Juliet, so he ditches Mercutio and Benvolio and heads back to the Capulet house. Mercutio and Benvolio try to find Romeo after the party. They assume that Romeo is going to find Rosaline. Afterwards, they crack a lot of dirty jokes at Romeo's expense. Mercutio is offended that Romeo left them.
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Act 2 Scene 2: Romeo the Eavesdropper

The scene starts with Romeo watching Juliet, who is standing on a balcony. As he observes her, he compares her to the sun. Romeo listens to Juliet confess her love to him. After he hears her confession, he reveals himself to her and confesses his love. The two promise to marry one another.

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Act 2 Scene 3: Romeo Convenses Friar Laurence to marry them

Friar Laurence enters. He is picking herbs and talking to himself about medicine and poison. Romeo arrives and the friar asks why Romeo is awake so early. He tells the friar what has happened that he is in love with Juliet and that he wants the friar to marry them. The friar makes fun of Romeo for him falling in love with juliet.
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Act 2 Scene 4: B&M Interrogates Romeo

Benvolio and Mercutio enter. They speak about where Romeo is and where he went the night before, after the feast. Mercutio makes fun of Romeo for pining over Rosaline. Benvolio informs Mercutio that Tybalt has sent Romeo a challenge to a duel. Romeo arrives and argues with Mercutio over where he's been. The Nurse arrives with Peter looking for Romeo. Mercutio and Benvolio leave.

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Act 2 Scene 5: The Impacient Girl

Juliet enters waiting impatiently for the Nurse to return with news from Romeo. Finally, the Nurse and Peter return. The Nurse sends Peter away and Juliet begs the Nurse to tell her the message Romeo sent. The Nurse delays giving Juliet the message and instead whines of aching bones and an aching back. She finally tells Juliet that she is to go to Friar Laurence's cell immediately. She also tells Juliet that she must go to get the ladder that Romeo will use later to climb up to Juliet's chamber. Juliet hurries off in excitement.

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Act 2 Scene 6: R&J Tie the Knot

Friar Laurence and Romeo enter waiting in the friar's cell for Juliet to arrive. He warns Romeo about acting impulsively. Juliet arrives and she and Romeo again proclaim their love for each other. The friar leads them away to marry them.
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