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Act I......Scene 1:One morning in Verona, two young servants of Capulet, Sampson and Gregory are joking around with each other with puns and friendly teasing. Suddenly they are confronted by Abraham and Balthasar, two servants of Montague. The mild joking and humor soon turn bitter, aggressive, and dangerous between the foes. It is not long before a fight inevitably breaks out. Benvolio, the nephew of Montague comes in and tries breaks it up, but ends up fighting with the hot-tempered Tybalt, and a riot erupts. The prince of Verona, Escalus, joined by the Capulets and Montagues, enters and stops the havoc. He warns everybody if another fight should break out because of this ancient blood feud, then they would pay with their life. Afterwards the Montagues speak with Benvolio about Romeo. Romeo follows his parents' exit with an entrance and talks with Benvolio about his love life. He is feeling depressed because of love sickness for a girl named Rosaline (a girl that he cannot have for she refuses to get together with anyone).(SPACE)Scene 2:That afternoon, Paris works on his hopes for a marriage to Juliet. He speaks to Capulet and tries to arrange a deal with him for Juliet's hand. Although Capulet respects Paris, he is still unsure, and ultimately, no agreement is reached. Paris is invited to a ball, which Romeo and Benvolio find out about from Capulet's illiterate servant who asks Romeo to read the ball invitation for him. Benvolio convinces Romeo to go to this ball with the intent to show his friend that there are many girls better than Rosaline, and thus lift him out of his depression.(SPACE)Scene 3:At the Capulet house that evening, the Nurse and Lady Capulet speak to Juliet about her marriage and her duties and responsibilities as a wife and mother. Lady Capulet persists that Paris would make an excellent husband, but Juliet does not seem to like the fact that her mother is so forcefully persuasive on the topic. The conversation ends when a servant arrives and announces that the ball is about to begin.(SPACE)Scene 4:Romeo and his friends head to the Capulet's ball in a masked procession full of people in costumes and musicians carrying torches. Upon arrival, Romeo still feels melancholy, and he is not in the mood for a party. This leads to an argument about love between Romeo and his friend Mercutio, and many allusions to Cupid are made. At last, Mercution convinces Romeo to keep his spirits up, and not to spoil the evening for the other members of the Montague group. Romeo agrees to continue on with the party, yet he cannot help but fell that his whole life will somehow be forever shaped by this night.(SPACE)Scene 5:This scene takes place in the hall of Capulet's house. Capulet, being a good host, tells everybody to have a good time, and to join in on the dancing and music. Capulet discusses a previous masque with a friend, when Romeo enters. He soon sees Juliet, and he is astounded at her beauty. He forgets all his feelings of despair in depression as he falls in love at first sight. Tybalt, however, is attending the ball as well, and he recognizes Romeo. Furious, he informs Capulet of this and threatens to the Montague. However, Capulet does not want his evening ruined and orders Tybalt to stay put. Saying nothing, Tybalt exits the party. Shortly after, Romeo and Juliet meet and fall deeply in love with each other. The Nurse tells them who each other are. (SPACE)Act II: Scene 1:Romeo at this time wants to be alone, and he hides within a wall of Capulet's orchard while Benvolio and Mercutio look for him. Mercutio mocks Romeo, scoffs at his ideals for romantic love, and indicates that he believes only in the physical kind of love. Finally, Benvolio and Mercutio give up their search for Romeo and decide to go home.(SPACE) Scene 2:Romeo, madly in love, decides to go see Juliet. He hides in the garden outside of the Capulet mansion, and he sees Juliet talking on a balcony. He overhears her declaration of her love for him, and he is at first unsure if he should show himself or listen some more. At last, he decides to show himself, and the two lovers, overjoyed to see each other, discuss their love. Juliet attempts to restrain her passion so she would not make herself too easy a prize, and she informs Romeo that she will marry him if his intentions are good and pure. Romeo assures Juliet that he is an honorable man. After deciding to marry, the two lovers part with great reluctance as Romeo goes off to make all the necessary preparations.(SPACE)
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Juliet Romeo, Friar Laurence, Lady Capulet,
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