Romeo and Juliet – Quotes (Act 1, Scene 2)

These are my answers to the quote questions for Romeo and Juliet, Act 1, Scene 2.

1. In his talk with Capulet, what proposal does Paris make?

Paris tells Capulet that he wants to marry young Juliet. He says
‘Of honorable reckoning are you both,
And pity ’tis you lived at odds so long.
But now, my lord, what say you to my suit?’
He means that he thinks Juliet would be a suitable bride for him.

2. What is Capulet’s reaction to that proposal?

Capulet tells Paris:
‘But saying o’er what I have said before:
My child is yet a stranger in the world,
She hath not seen the change of fourteen years.’
This means that she has already spoken with Paris about the marriage, and although she thinks it may be a good idea, Juliet is currently too young.

3. Quote arguments, used by Benvolio in attempting to persuade Romeo to attend the party.

Romeo tells Benvolio that he has no interest in attending the party, because he only has eyes for Rosoline, who does not love him. He thinks that it would be a pointless exercise. Benvolio argues
‘At this same ancient feast of Capulet’s
Sups the fair Rosaline, whom thou so loves … Compare her face with some that I shall show,
And I will make thee think thy swan a crow.’
He also says
‘Tut, you saw her fair, none else being by,
Herself poised with herself in either eye.
But in that crystal scales let there be weighed
Your lady’s love against some other maid.’
He thinks that there are better women that Romeo could still find.

4. What reason does Romeo give for deciding to go to the party after all?

He wants to see Rosoline again. He tells Benvolio:
‘I’ll go along, no such sight to be shown,
But to rejoice in splendor of mine own [Rosoline].’
This shows that he is still conflicted and wants the love of Rosoline. Nothing that Benvolio said altered his mindset.


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